Has the onset of knee pain left you or a loved one with questions? The
section below will help you better understand conditions that can cause
knee pain and discomfort, and learn about available treatments that can
help bring relief.
Symptoms & Causes
Painful knee problems can develop slowly over time from degenerative osteoarthritis or Rheumatoid arthritis. Symptoms of joint degeneration can include: a painful sensation of bones rubbing together or ‘catching;’ pain and/or instability while walking or standing; aching or swelling in the knee joint or surrounding tissues.
The cause and severity of knee pain will determine how doctors treat it. Patients, caregivers and surgeons work closely to develop a treatment plan, which may include a range of non-surgical options.
A patient’s pain level and degree of disability determine whether knee replacement surgery is required, not age. Doctors typically reserve the procedure for patients whose knee pain is not alleviated by medication, physical therapy, use of supportive aids or other non-surgical treatments.
As with any surgery, recovery times from a knee replacement vary from patient to patient. Some people can resume some daily life activities in a few weeks, while others may take several months.