OA is often referred to as ‘degenerative joint disease’ and usually develops slowly, over a period of years. It is a very common disease – 6% of adults aged 30 and above have frequent knee pain. Over time, the cartilage on the surface of the joint starts to get damaged and wear away and this causes pain and stiffness in the joint.18
If you suffer from arthritis you will be all too familiar with the range of symptoms that it causes and their effect upon your life.
You may suffer from OA if you have any of these symptoms:
- Stiffness in the morning
- Pain when you move
- Pain even when you are not active
- A crackling sound or a grating feeling when walking
- Red and swollen skin