About osteoarthritis of the knee

did you know?

of people

with osteoarthritis
of the knee experience pain

what is


Osteoarthritis is a type of arthritis that develops in the joints, the areas in the body where the bones are linked together. Osteoarthritis often involves the hips, knees, neck, lower back, or small joints of the hands.

Osteoarthritis affects joints that are injured by repeated overuse. Osteoarthritis can occur after frequently performing a particular task or sport, or from carrying around excess body weight. Other risk factors include age and family history.

Symptoms of osteoarthritis include:

  • Pain that worsens following exercise or rest
  • Development of bony spurs
  • Joint swelling
  • Reduced join flexibility
  • Grating sensation

What is the difference between osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis?

Arthritis is a general term for conditions that affect the joints and the tissues that surround them.

The two most common types are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. With osteoarthritis, damage is caused by overuse of joints or excessive weight (OA is often called the “wear and tear” disease).

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune inflammatory disease, in which the body attacks its own healthy tissue. Unlike rheumatoid arthritis, your risk of developing osteoarthritis increases as you age.

What leads to the pain caused by osteoarthritis of the knee?

Pain from osteoarthritis of the knee is caused by changes in synovial fluid and joint structures

A healthy knee contains synovial fluid, a viscous liquid that is responsible for lubricating the joint and absorbing shocks. Hyaluronic acid is a major component of normal synovial fluid and contributes to the fluid’s viscoelastic properties.

Changes in the synovial fluid and degeneration of joint structures may lead to pain in people with osteoarthritis of the knee.

Learn more about pain caused by osteoarthritis of the knee, its risk factors and treatment options.

Listen to what these sports medicine doctors have to say about osteoarthritis of the knee

Speak to your doctor to determine whether you could be eligible for Cingal™, Monovisc® or Orthovisc®.

Whether you are a professional athlete, a just-for-fun player, or are simply looking to enjoy life, partner up with Cingal™, Monovisc® or Orthovisc® for relief from pain caused by osteoarthritis of the knee. Cingal™, Monovisc® and Orthovisc® are used by family doctors, orthopedic surgeons, and sports medicine physicians to provide knee pain relief and get their patients and players back in the game.

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