Osteoarthritis (OA) is one of the most common forms of arthritis. It is a chronic condition in which the material that cushions the joints, called cartilage, breaks down. This causes the bones to rub against each other, causing stiffness, pain and loss of joint movement. The cause is not fully understood.
Signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis include:
Symptoms often develop slowly and worsen over time.
– Pain in a joint during or after use, or after a period of inactivity —
– Tenderness in the joint when you apply light pressure
– Stiffness in a joint, that may be most noticeable when you wake up
in the morning or after a period of inactivity
– Loss of flexibility may make it difficult to use the joint
– Grating sensation when you use the joint
– Bone spurs, which appear as hard lumps, may form around the
– Swelling in some cases