Osteoarthritis of the knee effects people over the age of 40, troubling women more than men.
Osteoarthritis is "Wear & Tear" of the joint. This is a gradual process where the cartilege that protects the joint is slowly eroded.
There may be some bony overgrowth around the joint margins as the condition progresses.
In the earlier stages osteopathy and acupuncture can be very helpful for reducing pain and increasing joint mobility.
Predisposing factors include:
X-Ray confirms diagnosis.
Treatment involves keeping the knee and hip joint mobile. Treating the pain and stiffness with acupuncture and massage.
Dietary changes, weight loss and specific exercises also go a long way in helping with this condition.