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Recognizing the Symptoms of Osteoarthritis

Millions of adults suffer from the painful symptoms of osteoarthritis. The most common type of arthritis, it involves the breakdown of the cartilage that normally protects the ends of the bones at the joints. As the cartilage deteriorates, the bones start to rub against each other, which causes the symptoms. There is no known cure for osteoarthritis, but there are many options for treating it, including massage therapy, physical therapy, and acupuncture. The earlier you seek treatment for your symptoms, the better managed your condition will be.

Onset of Symptoms

If you suddenly experience pain in a joint, it is probably an acute injury, not arthritis. Osteoarthritis develops gradually. Over time, the symptoms become progressively more severe. This is one reason why it’s important to seek treatment sooner, rather than later. The progression cannot be reversed, but with treatment, you can delay it and manage it.

Types of Symptoms

Any joint affected by osteoarthritis is likely to develop pain, especially during or after movement. If you touch the area, it may feel tender. Joint stiffness is usually more severe after being physically inactive for a while, including when you first wake up in the morning. As the disease progresses, more severe symptoms can develop, including loss of range of motion in the joint and a grating sensation with movement. Bone spurs, or osteophytes, can develop around the joint.

Locations of Symptoms

It’s possible for osteoarthritis to attack any joint in the body. Most patients experience symptoms in the hands, knees, hips, or spine. Women seem to be at a higher risk of osteoarthritis in the hands, especially after menopause. The knees are the most commonly affected joint, due to the fact that they bear the body’s weight. Osteoarthritis in the knees can be disabling. If osteoarthritis affects the hip, patients can have difficulty bending at the waist, which causes problems with the simple activities of daily living. Spinal osteoarthritis may occasionally result in damage to the nerves, causing tingling, numbness, or weakness of the limbs.

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