It causes joint pain and stiffness. How can we help you today? It usually develops gradually, over time. Several different joints can be ac osteoarthritis, but osteoarthritis is most frequently seen in the hands, knees, hips, feet and spine.
Osteoarthritis cannot be cured, but the condition may settle down after a number of years and there is plenty you can do to relieve your symptoms. There is no known cause for OA, but it is more common among women. Osteoarthritis can develop at any age, although it occurs more frequently in older people. Injury to a joint can also trigger osteoarthritis, even many years later.
Sometimes part of the cartilage can break away from the bone leaving the bone ends exposed. These may then rub against each other and the ligaments become strained and weakened. This causes a lot of pain and changes the shape of the joint. How will osteoarthritis affect me?