What Does Knee Arthritis Feel Like?

What are the symptoms of arthritis in the knee?


  • Pain with activity.
  • Limited range of motion.
  • Stiffness of the joint.
  • Swelling of the joint.
  • Tenderness of the knee.
  • A feeling the knee may “give out”
  • Deformity of the joint (knock-knees or bow-legs)

Where does arthritis hurt in the knee?

Pain on the side of the knee is usually associated with injury to the collateral ligaments, arthritis, or tears to the menisci. Pain in the back of the knee can be caused by arthritis or a Baker’s cyst (an accumulation of synovial fluid behind the knee). Infection may be another possible cause of knee pain.

Is walking good for arthritis in the knee?

If you have mild to moderate pain in your knees due to osteoarthritis, walking and other exercise helps mobilize your joint fluid and lubricate the joints. You should walk and do other exercises that move your knee joints. You are likely to find that the stiffness, pain, and fatigue improve with exercise.

What are the early signs of arthritis?

Signs of Arthritis

  1. Pain, swelling and stiffness in one or multiple joints.
  2. Morning stiffness in and around the affected joints lasting at least one hour.
  3. Pain and stiffness that worsens with inactivity and improves with physical activity.
  4. Reduced range of motion.
  5. Sometimes fever, weight loss, fatigue and/or anemia.