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Osteoarthritis of the Knee

A normal knee glides smoothly because cartilage covers the ends of the bones that form joints. Osteoarthritis of knee damages this cartilage, progressively wearing it away. The ends of the bones become rough like sandpaper. This damaged cartilage can cause the joint to "stick" or lock and your knee may get painful, stiff and lose range of motion.

Our Approach to Osteoarthritis of the Knee

When treating knee osteoarthritis, our goals are to relieve pain and restore normal movement. We begin with nonsurgical treatments, such as medications and physical therapy. If these prove ineffective, surgery may help. Surgical options include realigning the joint or replacing it with an artificial implant. Either procedure can significantly reduce pain and improve function.

UCSF's team of highly trained orthopedic surgeons includes specialists in joint replacement. Using the latest techniques and technology, they perform more than 800 hip and knee procedures each year on patients who come to UCSF from all over the world.

Awards & recognition

  • usnews-neurology

    Among the top hospitals in the nation

  • usnews-orthopedics

    One of the nation's best for orthopedic care

  • Rated high-performing hospital for knee replacement

UCSF Health medical specialists have reviewed this information. It is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or other health care provider. We encourage you to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your provider.