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Knee Arthritis

Knee arthritis is a common problem in retired football players although symptoms of this condition may commence in susceptible individuals as early as their mid-twenties. Most players with early signs of knee arthritis can usually continue playing but may be required to limit running training.

A knee replacement may be required for severe knee arthritis to relieve pain and improve function. For mild to moderate knee arthritis, there are several treatment options ranging from activity modification, medications, physiotherapy and injections.

There are knee braces designed specifically for osteoarthritis known as unloading braces. These are a good option for people who are unsuitable for surgery or who want to delay a knee replacement.
Knee Osteoarthritis Xray
Xray demonstrating severe osteoarthritis of both knees.
(Image sourced from the Australian Institute of Musculo-skeletal Research)