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Signs of OA

The symptoms listed below are typical of knee osteoarthritis (OA). If any of these points apply to you, especially if you may have injured your knee previously, talk to your doctor about knee OA.

  • Pain and discomfort
    • Your knee(s) feels stiff after you have been inactive for a few hours
    • It hurts when you climb stairs or walk even a short distance
    • You can hear a creaking noise in your knee(s)
    • You feel a kind of grating when you move your knee(s)
  • Reduced ability to carry on with your life
    • You cannot bend your knee(s) as far or as easily as you used to
    • You are finding day-to-day activities like getting out of your chair, bath or car, increasingly difficult 
    • When you play sports or exercise, your knee(s) sometimes hurts too much to carry on
  • Lack of sleep
    • You are kept awake at night with knee pain 
  • Previous injury
    • You have had a previous injury to your knee, perhaps to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) or menisci