It is the most common joint disorder in the United States, affecting 10-13% of women and men aged 60 and older. Almost half of all people with osteoarthritis ﬁnd that it limits their everyday activities, which is why it’s important to see Dr. Vincent P. Goux for.
How does osteoarthritis develop?
Osteoarthritis develops gradually when you get older as daily wear and tear takes a toll on your joints. A layer of cartilage covers the end of each bone in every joint. Cartilage is designed to cushion and lubricate your bones so that they can move within the joint.
Ongoing activity and pressure placed on your joints eventually causes cartilage to wear down. That’s the start of osteoarthritis, but degeneration is progressive. As more cartilage breaks down and one bone rubs another bone in the joint, osteoarthritis symptoms gradually worsen.
What symptoms will you experience with osteoarthritis?
The symptoms caused by osteoarthritis include:
- Pain: worse during or after movement
- Joint stiffness: most noticeable after sleeping or a period of rest
- Reduced mobility and ﬂexibility: can’t move your joint through full range of motion
- Grating sensation: hear or feel grating when using the joint