Harvard Women's Health Watch

Managing osteoarthritis of the knee

More than two-thirds of women over age 60 have painful, tender, or swollen knees. Osteoarthritis—the breakdown of joint cartilage—is the usual culprit. Although total knee replacement can help, it's best to first try simpler, safer noninvasive strategies like weight loss and exercise.
To continue reading this article, you must login.
  • Research health conditions
  • Check your symptoms
  • Prepare for a doctor's visit or test
  • Find the best treatments and procedures for you
  • Explore options for better nutrition and exercise
Learn more about the many benefits and features of joining Harvard Health Online »