Typical symptoms

There are several common symptoms that signal knee osteoarthritis. They can occur individually or together. With the initial onset of osteoarthritis, however, you may not notice any of these symptoms.

Symptoms may include:

  • Pain
  • Limited mobility
  • Swelling
  • Joint thickening and deformation

Self test

Use the following test to determine whether you have developed osteoarthritis or if you might be susceptible to it in the future.

  • Does your knee make any noise during certain movements?
  • Do you have knee pain when you climb stairs?
  • Are you over 50 years old?
  • Do you often perform load-bearing activities?
  • Do you do any sports that involve sudden movements?
  • Do you have joint pain following activity?
  • Do you have any knee pain when you get up in the morning?
  • Have you ever had a joint injury?

If you answer 'yes' to more than three questions, or simply suspect that you may have osteoarthritis, it may be time to speak to your doctor. Download our Physician Reference Guide.

Find out how your physician might diagnose your condition and what you can expect when you visit your physician.