Do you have stiff, sore pain in the morning, or sometimes have that one area of your hip that has an achy pain that won’t go away? You may have a condition known as Osteoarthritis.
What it is
Joint pain refers to any type of pain felt in one or more joints. Osteoarthritis (OA) when they think of joint pain; it is the most common type of joint pain in the world, and one of the oldest conditions known to man.
Most joint pain is in the weight bearing joints of the body: knees, hips and spine. OA may also be present in the hands, fingers and neck. As we age, the cartilage breaks down, becoming thinner, and the ends of the bone start to rub against each other.
Other names for OA that your medical professional may use are Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD), osteorthrosis, and hypertrophic osteoarthritis.
Symptoms of Joint Pain
Pain is the most common symptom, usually worse with movement and better with rest. The pain is usually described as stiff and sore, and as pain increases, the flexibility of the joint decreases, and there may be a ‘crunchy’ feeling or sound with movement.
The joints of the finger have a tendency to develop small knob-like deformities after several years; at the end of the fingers these are called Heberden’s (HEB-err-denz) nodes, at the middle joint of the fingers they are called Bouchard’s (boo-SHARDZ) nodes.