Orthopedic Knee Pain Overview:
Orthopedic knee pain is most commonly caused by osteoarthritis, which is also referred to as degenerative arthritis. Osteoarthritis is the most common joint disorder condition and, according to the Arthritis Foundation, affects some 27 million Americans. This condition is a degeneration and eventual loss of cartilage in the joints between two bones, normally due to wear and tear as part of the aging process. This loss of cartilage creates an inflammation which, in turn, can cause swelling, pain and stiffness in the joints. Osteoarthritis is common in the knees because the knees bear the weight of the body, and may severely impact a person’s lifestyle.