If I Have Arthritis in One Knee, Will I Get It in the Other?

Knees are the strongest and biggest joints in the human body. They carry our entire body’s weight and allow us to do the most basic of activities, such as standing and walking.

Exercise them too hard, and you might end up with tissue and cartilage damage. Spend the majority of your time sitting down (at home, at work, during your commute), and you’ll end up with weak, injury-prone ligaments.

Over 54.4 million Americans have been diagnosed with arthritis. If you are one of them, you are already familiar with the associated frustrations. But does that mean that you’ll get it in other joints?

The purpose of this blog is to provide you with a general overview of knee arthritis and whether having it in one knee joint means that it will eventually spread to your other knee.

Arthritis in Knee

There are more than 100 types of arthritis. The most common types to affect the knees are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or post-traumatic arthritis.

There are several factors that can cause a person to develop arthritis in the knees:

– Age
– Heredity
– Trauma (an injury to the knee)
– Repetitive movement of the joints
– Being overweight or obese
Metabolic disorders

Sometimes, the damage erodes the entire cartilage between your joint bones. Other times, only a portion of the cartilage degenerates.

Symptoms of Knee Arthritis

Some of the most common symptoms include:

– Pain
– Tenderness
– Joints that feel warm
– Limited range of motion
– Swelling
– Stiffness
– Fluid accumulation in the joint
– Limping

Treatment for Knee Arthritis

There are several things a doctor can also recommend to ease the pain of knee arthritis. Some of them include strength training exercises, physical therapy, losing weight, or cortisone injections.

If none of the more conservative remedies alleviate the pain, a person could also have either a partial or total joint replacement surgery. While it sounds complicated and scary, it’s actually very common in the United States, and it has a very high success rate.

If I get it in one knee, will it spread to the other?

This depends on the type of arthritis. If you’ve experienced trauma to one knee, that’s the joint that will experience wearing down in the cartilage.

However, with rheumatoid arthritis, a person’s immune system mistakenly attacks the joints. It usually happens in an asymmetrical manner, meaning that it affects both joints (this goes for all joints: both hands, both elbows, both knees, both ankles, etc…)

A person with this type of arthritis may also experience fever, a lack of energy, poor appetite, and depression.

If you’re feeling any of the most common arthritis symptoms and are concerned about your joints, seek medical treatment as soon as possible. Even if it turns out you only have one diseased joint, an orthopedic specialist will look at the options that best fit your needs.

Schedule an Appointment With Alexander Orthopedics

Alexander Orthopedics is the premier subspecialist orthopedic practice in Tampa Bay. If you are experiencing joint pain, get a proper medical evaluation with us. We’ll help you determine your best treatment options and provide you with the support you need on the road to recovery.

Call us to schedule an appointment.