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Symptoms and initial treatment

Common symptoms of knee arthritis include chronic knee pain, swelling, symptoms aggravated by activity, stiffness and difficulty performing simple tasks (cleaning, shopping, walking).


The initial treatment of arthritis includes:

  • Simple analgesia with paracetamol

  • Consideration of a long-acting anti-inflammatory (in consultation with your GP)

  • Weight loss

  • Improvement of muscular strength around knee and core muscles

  • Walking aid use

  • Cortisone injection

If this initial, non-surgical treatment is ineffective, Dr Brown may recommend surgery to improve function, sleep and quality of life for his patients. Dr Brown performs the following surgeries for arthritis of the knee.

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