Osteoarthritis is one of many forms of arthritis and is sometimes referred to as ‘wear and tear’ arthritis. It is the most commonly seen form of arthritis in North America. Osteoarthritis is caused by an excessive breakdown of the cartilage that is found in the joints in our bodies. The more cartilage breaks down, the more symptoms will emerge.
Fortunately, osteoarthritis doesn’t affect other organs in the body as many other forms of arthritis do. Most of the symptoms associated with this particular kind of arthritis only affect the joints and the bones, but they can still be rather unpleasant.
We’re going to explore the 10 most common symptoms of osteoarthritis today, so you can understand the condition a bit better.
Symptom #1: Tenderness and Pain
Most forms of arthritis cause quite a bit of pain throughout the body. The most common places to experience pain are in the spine, neck, knees and hip regions. The pain is usually characterized with a deep ache. This usually occurs on a daily basis, and more so with prolonged activity whether it be sedentary or direct use of the affected joint. The pain may be very sharp when moving the joint especially after periods of not moving.
Tenderness, however, is a feeling of discomfort that you will experience when you press down on the joint. Both of these types of pain are quite common for people who have osteoarthritis.