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Symptoms of Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis (OA) often affects joints in the hand, knee, hip, and spine. It can affect any joint. OA can occur in one joint or many. It often be on one side of the body more than the other. Some people have symptoms that get worse. Others have symptoms that stay the same.

Common symptoms of OA are:

  • Joint pain that is worse with activity and gets better with rest
  • Swelling
  • Grating or creaking sound when moving the joint
  • Joint stiffness
  • Problems moving around
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Osteoarthritis. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases website. Available at: http://www.niams.nih.gov/Health_Info/Osteoarthritis/default.asp. Updated May 30, 2016. Accessed May 30, 2018.

Osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at:http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T116897/Osteoarthritis-OA-of-the-knee. Updated March 15, 2018. Accessed May 30, 2018.

Osteoarthritis (OA) of the hip. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at:http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T114846/Osteoarthritis-OA-of-the-hip. Updated March 15, 2018. Accessed May 30, 2018.

Sinusas, K. Osteoarthritis: Diagnosis and treatment. Am Fam Physician. 2012;85(1):49-56.

Last reviewed May 2018 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Warren A. Bodine, DO, CAQSM  Last Updated: 5/31/2018