Diagnosing knee osteoarthritis
When walking becomes impossible
A physician will provide a clinical diagnosis in order to determine the best treatment method for each individual patient. In addition to physical examination, X-ray or MRI images of the knee joint may be taken in order to determine the stage of osteoarthritis and the types of treatments available. Early intervention can expand the treatment options available to you.
Stages of progression
The progression of osteoarthritis is described by the medical community as having four stages:
1. Stage one describes the initial cartilage changes, usually causing no pain.
2. Stage two means the cartilage deterioration has progressed, usually causing some pain.
3. Stage three means the cartilage deterioration has progressed further and osteophytes or bone spurs are present. Usually patients experience higher degrees of pain.
4. Stage four describes severe osteoarthritis and a visible narrowing of the joint cavity can be seen. Usually patients are in significant pain and the bones are deformed.