Knee osteoarthritis (gonarthrosis)

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Pain in knee with every step? The knee is a joint that comes under a lot of stress in our daily lives, so this isn’t surprising. This strain can wear down cartilage masses. Cartilage surrounds the femur, shinbone and kneecap in the knee. Knee joint osteoarthritis occurs when these cartilage masses in the knee are reduced.

Luckily, knee osteoarthritis can be treated effectively. Our specialists at Schoen Clinic support you through both conservative measures and careful surgical procedures, to eliminate your complaints as quickly as possible.

Causes & symptoms

Knee osteoarthritis – what is it exactly?

Your knee ensures that thigh and calf movements are as smooth as possible. Daily strain can wear down your knee joint over time. Specialists then refer to this as knee osteoarthritis or gonarthrosis.

Symptoms: how we can spot knee osteoarthritis

In the early stages of knee osteoarthritis, pain in the knee only occurs when extreme amounts of stress are applied. Most of the time, our patients report pain during longer walks or when climbing stairs. Swelling in the knee joint is often present. All of these symptoms are clear signs of Knee osteoarthritis (gonarthrosis).

With untreated knee osteoarthritis: warm-up pain and grinding noises

If the osteoarthritis in the knee remains untreated, there will often be “warm-up pain”. At this stage, the knee is generally swollen. If the knee osteoarthritis is more advanced, it can even cause pain at rest. Eventually, patients hear grinding noises in the knees when walking.

Diagnostics

Diagnosis: how we determine that you suffer from knee osteoarthritis

Our experts at Schoen Clinic will check whether you suffer from knee osteoarthritis through an extensive consultation and thorough examination. We’ll then check your posture and your gait in particular. We’ll establish whether your knee joint is swollen and test its movement. Using special probing techniques, our doctors will get to the cause of the pain which only occurs during particular movements. This examination will typically not be painful.

X-ray imaging shows changes in the knee joint

To clarify the condition of your knee joint, at Schön Klinik, we carry out imaging procedures such as X-ray examinations. Our experts accurately examine all bone changes in your joint and measure the spaces between the individual bones. If the space between the bones is smaller, the knee osteoarthritis is more advanced.

Additional examinations in special cases

If required, our specialists will perform other imaging in addition to X-ray examination. If we suspect rheumatism or bacterial inflammation in your knee joint, we carry out blood tests. In certain cases, we take a fluids sample from your knee joint.