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What Causes Arthritis in the Knee?

Arthritis in the knee is a condition where the cartilage between the joints wears away. When this happens, the bones in the joint tend to rub against each other resulting in knee pain. The most common cause of knee arthritis is age. Other potential causes are:

  • Weight
  • Heredity
  • Gender
  • Repetitive movements
  • Athletics
  • Chronic Immune Disease

Types of Knee Arthritis

There are two primary types of knee arthritis – osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis in the knee is also referred to as “wear and tear” arthritis. It is usually the result of repetitive motions, injury, weight or age. Rheumatoid knee arthritis is a chronic immune disorder in which the immune system attacks the cartilage in the knee joints. While osteoarthritis of the knee causes pain and stiffness, rheumatoid arthritis is more severe. Our orthopedic knee surgeon can properly examine and diagnose your knee pain to determine if it is osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis.

Knee Arthritis Specialists in McKinney & Plano

While knee arthritis is more common for the elderly, there are conservative and surgical treatment options available today. If conservative treatments are not producing the expected results, then surgery can be an option.

To verify a scheduled knee surgery with one of our orthopedic knee surgeons, or to answer any questions, please call our FAITH Surgical Center at 972-370-7200 or use our online contact form.