Osteoarthritis

What You Need to Know

Osteoarthritis is degeneration of a joint. It is a non-inflammatory arthritis as opposed to rheumatoid arthritis, which is an inflammatory arthritis. Osteoarthritis typically occurs and worsens with age. However, early onset osteoarthritis is possible if there is a history of trauma.

Causes

Not only can trauma result in early onset osteoarthritis, osteoarthritis can also be caused by other health conditions. It can result from obesity or simply natural degeneration and wear and tear.

Symptoms

  • Decreased range of motion.
  • Dull, aching pain.
  • Joint stiffness.
  • Pain that worsens with activity and improves with rest.
  • Pain that progresses to also affecting people at rest, often waking them from sleep and causing joints to become arthritic.