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Leg/Knee Case 10 History/Physical Exam

Knee Osteoarthritis

History and Physical Exam

Knee arthritis pain is worse with activity and often better with rest. Patients complain of stiffness in the morning that improves within thirty minutes of awakening. There is also stiffness with prolonged rest, such as extended sitting.

Examination may reveal tenderness to palpation, limited range of motion, and crepitus. Effusions can be present, but the joint should not be warm or erythematous. Patients with advanced cases can have genu varus or valgus angulation of the knee.