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The condition

The condition

Osteoarthritis is a condition that affects the knee joint. It is found mostly in people over 45, but younger people can also be affected. Symptoms of knee osteoarthritis include pain, stiffness, swelling and difficulty walking.

Several treatments and devices are available for people with knee osteoarthritis, that may help you manage your condition. These include using some kind of joint support, equipment to help with walking (such as a walking stick), physiotherapy and surgery.

NICE has looked at using joint distraction for knee osteoarthritis as another treatment option.

NHS Choices ( and NICE's information for the public about osteoarthritis may be a good place to find out more.

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