Signs & Symptoms of Osteoarthritis
So today, I’m going to share with you as part of our assessment, what a clinician tends to look out for in a patient with osteoarthritis. The first being the shape of his knees. So for this patient, you can actually see that his left knee is slightly more bow-legged than his right. Next, we are going to look out if there is any swelling around the front of the knee or just under the joint inside the knee right here. In addition, we’re going to look out for if there is any swelling just behind the back of the knee or if there’s any tightness.
In addition, we’re going to look at a few things when the patient is lying or sitting. The first being the range of motion of the knee. So when the clinician is doing this, we’re trying to look out for the quality of movement, if there’s any grinding inside the kneecap. The second thing is to see how far he can bend his knee or straighten. In a moderate to severe case of a patient having osteoarthritis, he or she is unable to bend the knee fully or straighten.
The last point that we’ll look out for is if there’s any pain around where the two joints meet right here.