Osteoarthritis Symptoms

November 12, 2012

Osteoarthritis Symptoms

Osteoarthritis symptoms vary in each case of the condition. They also vary in severity and can be mild or extreme. Some of the most common osteoarthritis symptoms include:

Pain

Joints may feel achy or alternatively the pain you experience can be sharp or similar to a burning sensation. In some people the pain will come and go intermittently but in others the pain will be constant. Intermittent pain that turn into constant pain is a sign that the arthritis is getting worse. You may also find that the pain is worse at night.

Stiffness

Stiffness is one of the very common osteoarthritis symptoms and is often the worst during the mornings making it difficult to get out of bed. Joint may feel stiff and creaky first thing in the morning and the best option is to get moving and stay as mobile as possible Sitting down for any length of time may cause joints to stiffen up again.

Muscle Weakness

Some people may find that the muscles surrounding certain joints begin to get weaker. This is very common in people who have arthritis in the knee.

Swelling

Another of the osteoarthritis symptoms is swelling of the joints. When this does happen it cause the area surrounding the joint to feel tender and sore.

Deformed Joints

As arthritis progresses and becomes worse, it can sometimes cause the joints to deform and take on unusual shapes.

Reduced Range of Motion

Another of the osteoarthritis symptoms that are more likely to occur, as the condition gets worse is a reduction in the range of motion of the joint and loss of use of it. It often gets more and more difficult to fully bend, flex or extend the joint. Eventually it may become impossible to use them altogether.

Cracking and Creaking

Everyone may experience a joint cracking or creaking once in a while but as long as there is no pain along with it, there shouldn’t be anything wrong. It is also a symptom or arthritis though and will probably begin to happen more and more.

Arthritis of the spine can cause some different symptoms than in the rest of the body. It often causes a narrowing of the openings in the spine causing a pressure on the surrounding spinal nerves and the spinal chord. This is known as spinal stenosis and can lead to pain, weakness and numbness.

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