Osteoarthritis (OA), also known as degenerative arthritis, degenerative joint disease, and wear-and-tear arthritis, is the most chronic joint condition, says Healthline. It’s also the leading cause of disability, affecting over 30 million Americans.
OA is a disease that causes the cartilage in the affected joint to break down. This causes the bones to rub together, leading to pain, stiffness, and a variety of other unpleasant symptoms that we’ll uncover in this article. If you experience one or more of these symptoms, you should book an appointment with your doctor to determine if osteoarthritis or another disease or injury is the underlying problem.
The most common symptom of osteoarthritis is a pain in the affected joint. It’s also the most noticeable symptom.
Another sign to be on the lookout for is referred pain. This means the pain can be referred to other parts of your body. Arthritis Health says, “For example, hip osteoarthritis may lead to knee pain.”