What is Grade 3 Knee Arthritis?
Arthritis of the knee can be a life-altering condition but diagnosis is the first step to treatment.
According to Walden University, three types of arthritis can affect the knee joint: Post-traumatic arthritis caused by injury or excessive wear and tear, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Knee arthritis has four grades of severity. Grades 1 and 2 show progressive breaks in knee cartilage. At Grade 3, there's a loss of cartilage as a result of these breaks, according to The Steadman Clinic.
Cartilage loss can result in pain, limited mobility and stiffness, so those with Grade 3 arthritis may find walking or exercise difficult. If you are experiencing these symptoms, describe them to your doctor and give him a complete medical history of both yourself and your family, as arthritis can be hereditary.
Diagnosis of Grade 3 arthritis requires a physical exam, which includes a musculoskeletal and neurological exam, and X-rays or an MRI. During your physical, your doctor will determine your range of mobility and any tenderness or swelling of the joints. If your doctor diagnoses you with Grade 3 arthritis, explore your treatment options. These may include medication, exercises, and, as a last resort, surgery.