Osteoarthritis is a chronic condition of the joints that affects millions of people worldwide. It occurs when the protective tissue (cartilage) at the ends of your bones wears and breaks down. This causes the bones to rub together without cushioning. Osteoarthritis is also called degenerative arthritis, wear-and-tear arthritis, and degenerative joint arthritis.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 30 million men and women  in the United States suffer from this condition. Osteoarthritis is most commonly found in old people, where it can lead to disability. But it also affects adults of any age. Osteoarthritis affects one-third of adults above 65  years old. It is a leading cause of disability in this demographic. Many younger people also suffer from the disease.
Nearly everyone will develop osteoarthritis as they age, but the severity of the disease will differ for each person. While it incapacitates some people, others may experience zero to mild symptoms throughout. The level damage also has no bearing on the symptoms presented. Small damage can present severe symptoms. Similarly, severe damage may present only mild symptoms. It is best to see a doctor for evaluation if you think you have osteoarthritis.
It is an incurable condition, but early detection can help significantly improve your outlook. Physical therapy, weight loss, medication, and home remedies can significantly help alleviate your symptoms. In extreme cases, surgery may be required to treat bad joints.
The condition develops slowly and progressively worsens with time. It often affects the joints of the knee, hips, fingers, hands, and spine. If you suffer from this condition, you’ll experience a lot of pain and stiffness in your joints. This article discusses some of the tell-tale signs of osteoarthritis. Read on to find out.