"Arthritis" is a term used to describe inflammation of the joints. Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis and usually is caused by the deterioration of a joint. Typically, the weight-bearing joints are affected, with the knee and the hip being the most common.
Typically, OA causes pain and stiffness in the joint. Common symptoms include:
Stiffness in the joint, especially in the morning, which eases in less than 30 minutes
Stiffness in the joint after sitting or lying down for long periods
Pain during activity that is relieved by rest
Cracking, creaking, crunching, or other types of joint noise
Pain when you press on the joint
Increased bone growth around the joint that you may be able to feel
Caution: Swelling and warmth around the joint is not usually seen with OA and may indicate a different condition or signs of an inflammation. Please consult with your doctor if you have swelling, redness, and warmth in the joint.
At Renew Physical Therapy, we can help patients understand OA and its complications, and provide treatments to lessen pain and improve movement.