- Age — Osteoarthritis can affect anyone at any age, but it is most common in people over 50.
- Gender — Osteoarthritis is more common in women.
- Genetics — It is possible to inherit an increased risk of developing osteoarthritis.
- Injuries and repeated stress — Injuries from sports or jobs that continually place added pressure on our knees lead to normal wear and tear that can become osteoarthritis.
Osteoarthritis knee pain symptoms vary from person to person, but common symptoms include:
- Mild to severe knee pain
- Limited range of motion
- Unstable knee joint (feels like it will buckle)
- Knee locking, popping, and sticking
- Stiffness, especially in the morning or after inactivity
- Creaking, crackling, and grating sensations
- Bone spurs
It is in a patient’s best interest for every option to be considered when it comes to osteoarthritis knee pain. Options include prescription medication, knee injections, physical therapy, braces and splints, activity modification, and weight loss. Unfortunately, those options don’t always work for everyone. Genicular artery embolization is a safe, advanced, and minimally invasive procedure that is effective at eliminating pain and avoiding invasive surgical options.