What are the symptoms of Osteoarthritis? If it’s been getting harder and harder to open jars in the kitchen or to take a walk without your knees aching, you may be experiencing symptoms of Osteoarthritis. Learn how to identify the tell-tale signs and symptoms of Osteoarthritis so you can treat it effectively and get back in perfect shape.
Osteoarthritis is a common condition that affects the joints. In fact, Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis.1 It is a degenerative joint disease that occurs when the cartilage - a tough, smooth and slippery substance that acts like a cushion between the bones in joints - deteriorates, leaving the joint’s bones to rub against one another without this protective buffer. Cartilage deterioration exposes a lot of little nerves that can become inflamed. This bone-on-bone rubbing makes movement painful, and can create bone spurs at the site of friction. It can also cause inflammation. Episodes of inflammation can cause painful flare-ups2.
You are more likely to experience Osteoarthritis in joints that are overused. For example, a baker may get Osteoarthritis in the hands, or a runner could get Osteoarthritis in the knees. It can also be caused by carrying around excess body weight, which can lead to muscle strain and extra stress on the joints.3
If you are experiencing the early signs of Osteoarthritis, you are not alone. Osteoarthritis is the second most common rheumatologic problem and it is the most frequent joint disease with a prevalence of 22% to 39% in India. Osteoarthritis is more common in women than men. Nearly, 45% of women over the age of 65 years have symptoms while 70% of those over 65 years show radiological evidence of Osteoarthritis4. As many as 90% of people over 80 years of age have evidence of Osteoarthritis on X-rays.4
It can be tempting to brush off aches and pains as a normal part of life—just a part of getting older, right? But no matter your age (arthritis can strike at any time of life, mind you), you shouldn’t ignore pain. Learn about the causes and symptoms of Osteoarthritis and what you can do about them.