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Osteoarthritis in the Knees: Understanding, Symptoms, and Treatment Options

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a chronic condition that affects millions of people worldwide and is a leading cause of joint pain and disability. One of the most common areas affected by OA is the knee, which can be a source of significant discomfort and impairment in daily activities. If you are experiencing knee pain, stiffness, or a crunching sound when you move your knee, it could be a sign of osteoarthritis.

What is Osteoarthritis in the Knees?

Osteoarthritis in the knees occurs when the smooth cartilage that covers the ends of the bones within the knee joint wears down over time. As the cartilage deteriorates, the bones begin to rub against each other, causing pain, stiffness, and limited mobility. Over time, the knee joint may become deformed and the surrounding tissues may become inflamed, exacerbating the pain and discomfort.

Symptoms of Osteoarthritis in the Knees

The most common symptoms of osteoarthritis in the knees include:

  • Pain in the knee joint, especially when weight is placed on the knee or when climbing stairs

  • Stiffness in the knee joint, particularly in the morning or after sitting for an extended period of time

  • A crunching or grinding sound when the knee is moved

  • Swelling or tenderness in the knee joint

  • Decreased mobility or range of motion in the knee

How Chiropractic Can Help with Osteoarthritis in the Knees

Chiropractic is a form of alternative medicine that focuses on the relationship between the body's musculoskeletal structure and its effects on overall health. Chiropractors use a combination of spinal manipulations, soft tissue therapies, and exercises to help alleviate pain and improve joint function.

In the case of osteoarthritis in the knees, chiropractic care can help in several ways:

  • Reducing inflammation: Chiropractic adjustments can help reduce inflammation in the knee joint, providing pain relief and improving mobility.

  • Improving alignment: Chiropractors can use manual manipulations to correct misalignments in the knee joint and surrounding areas, reducing stress on the knee and improving overall function.

  • Strengthening muscles: Chiropractors can design exercise programs to help strengthen the muscles surrounding the knee, providing additional support and reducing the risk of further joint damage.

What is Crepitus?

Crepitus is a term used to describe the crunching or grinding sound that is sometimes heard when a joint is moved. In the case of osteoarthritis in the knees, the sound is caused by the bones rubbing against each other as the cartilage wears away. This can be a sign of advanced knee osteoarthritis and can indicate a need for further medical evaluation and treatment.


Osteoarthritis in the knees can be a source of significant pain and disability, but there are treatment options available. Chiropractic care can help reduce pain and improve joint function by reducing inflammation, improving alignment, and strengthening muscles. If you are experiencing knee pain or the crunching sound of crepitus, consider seeking the help of a chiropractor to help manage your symptoms and improve your quality of life.

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