Knee pain and joint conditions including arthritis

Knee Pain

The following examples of knee pain aim to give you an idea of what we treat people for in our Glasgow and Edinburgh clinics. Our clinicians are specialists in knee injuries and can assess the source of your knee pain to discover your best treatment options. Knee injury specialists can help you recover from your injury and allow you to return to the lifestyle you enjoy leading.

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Arthritis is a common condition to affect the knee joint which can cause stiffness and pain in the knee. The two main types of arthritis are Rheumatoid and Osteoarthritis. Rheumatoid Arthritis is caused by inflammation in the knee joint which damages the soft tissue. This can have a negative effect on the alignment of the joint. Osteoarthritis effects the cartilage (connective tissue) in the knee joint. Cartilage surrounds the knee joint and allows smooth movement but osteoarthritis damages this tissue which leads to joint pain when moving. 

Generally, this is wear-and-tear of the joint but a knee injury can accelerate this process. Incorrect alignment of the feet, ankles or knees may also aggravate symptoms. The most common symptoms include pain, swelling and stiffness in the knee. 

We have close links with Ossur who produce the Unloader knee brace range for the offloading of uni compartmental osteoarthritis of the knee to relieve pain with the aim to help improve mobility. This range of devices is available after self referral or via a referral from an AXA approved orthopaedic consultant and may be available on your policy.

Osgood-Shlatters Disease

This condition is generally seen in teenagers after a growth spurt, especially if they’re active. When a child experiences a growth spurt the bones grow faster than the muscles which can cause excessive strain on the muscles. Osgood-Shlatters disease can result in pain and inflammation just below the knee cap.

Patella Bursitis

Patella Bursitis is when fluid builds up over the knee cap and surrounding areas. Kneeling for long periods of time or repetitive movements can cause this to happen. Housemaids Knee will tend to effect people playing a lot of sports or are have to kneel a lot during work, for example, carpet fitters. The most common symptoms include swelling, redness, pain and tenderness over the front of the knee. 

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