The degeneration of knee cartilage is often due to the normal aging process, but can start much earlier if you injure your knee. The constant weight on your knees causes the damaged cartilage to deteriorate rapidly, especially if you perform load-bearing work or are very active. Extra weight (even body weight) often accelerates the degenerative process. Approximately 1 in 5 adults over the age of 45 has osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee, and most have it by the time they retire. Fortunately, this common biomechanical problem can be effectively treated.
1. Do You Have Knee Pain? [1 of 9]
2. What Is Osteoarthritis? [2 of 9]
4. How did i get osteoarthritis of the knee? [4 of 9]
5. What are my options? [5 of 9]
6. Talk with your doctor [6 of 9]
7. Treatment options [7 of 9]
8. The importance of exercise [8 of 9]