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Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. It is a common cause of pain and disability in adults. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative process that occurs when the protective cartilage on the ends of your bones wears down over time.
As you age, it’s common to feel pain and stiffness in your joints. Osteoarthritis symptoms can usually be effectively managed, although the underlying process cannot be reversed. Staying active, maintaining a healthy weight and other treatments may slow the progression of the disease and help improve pain and joint function.
Osteoarthritis can affect any joint in the body and can lead to pain and deformity of these joints.
Osteoarthritis symptoms often develop slowly and worsen over time. Signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis include:
- Pain: Your joint may hurt during or after movement.
- Tenderness: Your joint may feel tender when you apply light pressure to it.
- Swelling: Swelling near the joint can increase pain
- Stiffness: Joint stiffness may be most noticeable when you wake up in the morning or after a period of inactivity.
- Grating sensation: You may hear or feel a grating sensation when you use the joint.
- Loss of flexibility: You may not be able to move your joint through its full range of motion.
- Bone spurs: These extra bits of bone, which feel like hard lumps, may form around the affected joint.
- Joint deformity: You may see your bone alignment is getting abnormal
Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage that cushions at the ends of bones in your joints gradually deteriorates. Cartilage is a firm, slippery tissue that permits nearly frictionless joint motion.
In osteoarthritis, the smooth surface of the cartilage becomes rough. Eventually, if the cartilage wears down completely, you may be left with bone rubbing on bone.
Factors that may increase your risk of osteoarthritis include:
- Older age: The risk of osteoarthritis increases with age.
- Sex: Women are more likely to develop osteoarthritis.
- Obesity: Carrying extra body weight contributes to osteoarthritis, and the more you weigh, the greater your risk.
- Joint injuries: Injuries, such as those that occur when playing sports or from an accident, may increase the risk of osteoarthritis. Injuries around joints can set the clock for osteoarthritis to go faster. Even injuries that occurred many years ago and seemingly healed can increase your risk of osteoarthritis.
- Certain occupations: Osteoarthritis develops due to wear and tear process. If your job includes tasks that place repetitive stress on a joint, that joint may eventually develop osteoarthritis.
- Bone deformities: Like flat feet and genetic deformities can increase the risk of osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease that worsens over time. Joint pain and stiffness may become severe enough to make daily tasks difficult. Some people are no longer able to work.
When to see a doctor
If you have joint pain or stiffness that doesn't go away and is limiting your daily activities, make an appointment with Dr. Bata.