Osteoarthritis is a chronic degenerative joint disease affecting millions of people all over the world. The joint disease arises when the protective cartilage located on the ends of your bones wears down over time. If the cartilage wears down completely, there is a possibility the patient will be left with bone rubbing on bone. Even though osteoarthritis can damage any joint in the body, it frequently affects the joints in your hands, hips, knees and spine. Common symptoms of the disease include pain in the affected area, stiffness causing limited range of motion, a clicking or grinding sensation when in motion, tenderness of the affected joint and the presence of bone spurs (portions of bone that feel like hard lumps).
Although the disease is not curable, maintaining an active healthy life can improve symptoms.