Osteoarthritis is the most typical form of arthritis, affecting millions of people around the world. Often known as wear-and-tear arthritis, osteoarthritis happens when the protective cartilage on the ends of your bones wears down over time.
While osteoarthritis can injury any joint in your body, the disorder most usually affects joints in your hands, neck, lower back, knees and hips.
Read more about the symptoms of osteoarthritis.
The exact triggers are not known but there are several factors thought to boost your risk of producing the condition.
Read more about the causes of osteoarthritis.
See your GP
if you think you have osteoarthritis. There is no definitive test to diagnose the condition, so your doctor will ask about your symptoms and examine your joints and muscles. Your doctor may also advise imaging and lab test.
Read more about the diagnosis of osteoarthritis.
Osteoarthritis cannot be cured. It will also most likely grow to be worse over time. However, your osteoarthritis symptoms can be managed.
While you can always have surgery, other therapies can improve your pain and make your life much better. Although these treatments cannot make the arthritis go away, they can often holdup surgery.
Read more about how to manage osteoarthritis.