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Osteoarthritis Signs and Symptoms

The onset of osteoarthritis symptoms is typically gradual. Osteoarthritis symptoms may occur in any joint, however, the joints most often affected are the knees, hips, hands, and spine. Learn more about recognizing the signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis (OA).
  1. Ankle Osteoarthritis (10)
  2. Elbow Osteoarthritis (9)
  3. Finger Osteoarthritis (8)
  4. Foot Osteoarthritis (11)
  5. Hand Osteoarthritis (15)
  6. Hip Osteoarthritis (13)
  7. Knee Osteoarthritis (36)
  8. Neck Osteoarthritis (13)
  9. Shoulder Osteoarthritis (13)
  10. Spine Osteoarthritis (17)
  11. Thumb Osteoarthritis (9)
  12. Wrist Osteoarthritis (9)

Joint Laxity and Osteoarthritis
Joint laxity means "looseness" of a joint. How is laxity associated with osteoarthritis?

Symptomatic Osteoarthritis Versus Radiographic Osteoarthritis
Symptomatic osteoarthritis and radiographic osteoarthritis are medical terms often found in clinical studies. What is the difference between symptomatic and radiographic osteoarthritis?

What Causes Popping Joints?
Popping joints may not be a major concern if there is no pain, swelling, or limited range of motion.

The Importance of Keeping Your Medical Record Current
Everyone needs to keep their medical record current. Osteoarthritis patients need to track symptoms and the effect of their treatment plan.

Could It Be Osteoarthritis?
When a joint starts hurting, injury often comes to mind. But when injury is ruled out, the question becomes "could it be osteoarthritis?"

Symptoms of Osteoarthritis - First Symptoms of Osteoarthritis
Do you remember the first symptoms that you later found out were symptoms of osteoarthritis? Describe what you were doing when you experienced the first symptoms of osteoarthritis.

What Causes an Arthritic Joint to Lock?
Have you ever had a joint lock up? What causes a joint to lock?

Pain Level - What Increases Your Osteoarthritis Pain Level
Recognizing what increases your pain level helps you to be more aware and avoid whatever it is. Keep track of your pain level and what causes fluctuations.

What Does Osteoarthritis Feel Like?
Have you ever wondered -- what does osteoarthritis feel like?

What Is a Bone Spur?
A bone spur is a benign, bony outgrowth that can develop along the edges of a bone. A bone spur can form on any bone but typically they are found in joints. Learn more about the cause, symptoms, and treatment associated with a bone spur.

What Is Joint Function?
It comes up a lot in study results. Researchers speak of joint function and how it is affected by diseases such as arthritis, or treatment for arthritis. What is joint function?

What Is Severe Osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis symptoms can range from mild to severe. With severe osteoarthritis, the cartilage that normally covers the joint erodes, leaving bone to rub on bone. As bone wears, joint deformity can develop. Severe osteoarthritis can have disabling consequences.

What Is Chondrocalcinosis?
Chondrocalcinosis is a disease in which calcium crystals -- known as CPPD (calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate) -- accumulate in the joints. Chondrocalcinosis affects approximately 25% of the population. It can be found with and even worsen osteoarthritis. Chondrocalcinosis has been called pseudogout or pseudo-osteoarthritis.

4 Warning Signs of Osteoarthritis
There are certain warning signs of osteoarthritis that should not be ignored, especially if the signs and symptoms persist. Learn more about the warning signs of osteoarthritis.

What Exactly Is "Minor Arthritis Pain"?
You've seen it on television and in magazine ads -- over-the-counter treatments for minor arthritis pain. Is there such a thing as "minor arthritis pain"?

Do Arthritis Patients Live With Constant Pain?
Constant pain is unrelenting and never goes away. Is arthritis pain constant?

Osteoarthritis Onset -- Do Symptoms Always Develop Gradually?
Osteoarthritis onset of symptoms is typically described as being gradual. Symptoms usually develop over time rather than suddenly. But is osteoarthritis onset always gradual?

Hemarthrosis - What You Need to Know
Hemarthrosis is bleeding in a joint. Several conditions can cause hemarthrosis -- a common cause of monoarticular joint pain and swelling.

Signs and Symptoms of Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis symptoms usually develop gradually. Pain is the primary osteoarthritis symptom. Recognizing early osteoarthritis symptoms leads to early treatment.

Recognizing Early Osteoarthritis Symptoms: Pain in a Single Joint
Early osteoarthritis symptoms typically involve a single joint. When only one joint is affected, it is referred to as monoarthritis. It's most important at the onset of symptoms to distinguish if the cause is osteoarthritis or other types monoarthritis.

Joint Pain Is Primary Symptom of Osteoarthritis
Joint pain is the primary symptom associated with osteoarthritis. Any joint can be affected by the disease. Learn more about how osteoarthritis leads to joint pain and affects the joints in other ways.

Does Fatigue Impact Lives of Osteoarthritis Patients?
Fatigue is typically associated with rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and other inflammatory rheumatic conditions. Fatigue is not typically related to osteoarthritis -- or is it? Fatigue in osteoarthritis is not routinely evaluated in the doctor's office and it has been the focus of only a few studies.

What Is Generalized Osteoarthritis?
Generalized osteoarthritis is a subset of osteoarthritis, but a term that is not well-known.

What Is a Subchondral Cyst?
X-rays that reveal cartilage damage from osteoarthritis may show evidence of a subchondral cyst. What is a subchondral cyst?

Physical Function - How Is It Assessed in Osteoarthritis Patients?
Your doctor has likely asked you to rate your pain on a scale of 0 to 10. It's obviously subjective, but even so, your doctor can get a sense of an increase or decrease in pain levels over time. But how is physical function assessed? How is it determined that you have worsening physical function?

What Is Erosive Osteoarthritis?
Erosive osteoarthritis is sometimes called inflammatory osteoarthritis. Erosive osteoarthritis is a subset of general osteoarthritis and can be initially confused with other inflammatory types of arthritis.

What Causes Osteoarthritis Pain in a Joint?
Osteoarthritis pain is the most common symptom associated with the disease.

Joint Space Narrowing - What's the Significance?
Joint space narrowing can be seen on x-rays and is a common diagnostic procedure for evaluating arthritis.

Does Inflammation Play a Role in Osteoarthritis?
Inflammation is associated with rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and other types of inflammatory arthritis. Is osteoarthritis also linked to inflammation?

Knee Osteoarthritis - What You Need to Know
Knee osteoarthritis is the most common type of osteoarthritis and the most common cause of disability in the United States.

Test Your Knowledge - Knee Osteoarthritis
Your knees ache. It's happening more often. Could it be osteoarthritis? Do you know the basic facts about knee osteoarthritis? Take the quiz: Test Your Knowledge - Knee Osteoarthritis

What Is Range of Motion?
Range of motion is the distance and direction a joint can move.

Hip Osteoarthritis - Test Your Knowledge
Your hip hurts, and it's happening more often. Could it be osteoarthritis? Do you know the basic facts about hip osteoarthritis? Take our quiz: Hip Osteoarthritis - Test Your Knowledge.

Osteoarthritis Screening Quiz
Osteoarthritis is also known as "wear-and-tear" arthritis. It is typically seen as a primary disease in older people but can occur as a secondary condition in younger people.

Quiz: Is it Rheumatoid Arthritis or Osteoarthritis?
Two of the most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). There are specific symptoms and distinguishing characteristics which determine the diagnosis and course of treatment. Do you know the difference?

10 Things You Should Know About Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis. There are 10 important facts you should know about osteoarthritis.

How to Recognize the Signs and Symptoms of Osteoarthritis
If you are experiencing osteoarthritis symptoms, see a doctor. Recognizing the signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis will lead to an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.

Guide to Osteoarthritis: How Do You Know if You Have Osteoarthritis?
It usually is not difficult to tell if a patient has osteoarthritis. It is more difficult to tell if the disease is causing the patient's symptoms.

Osteoarthritis Pain - Describe Osteoarthritis Pain
It is hard to tell others what osteoarthritis pain feels like. People experience pain differently. Describe what osteoarthritis pain feels like for you.

What Is Chronic Pain?
Pain is further defined as acute pain or chronic pain. While osteoarthritis may be mild, moderate, or severe, it is classified as chronic pain because it persists.

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