Osteoarthritis is characterised by joint pain, stiffness (especially after periods of rest), swelling and tenderness. The affected joints may also have a diminished range of motion.
The symptoms may interfere with the sufferer’s ability to participate in the basic activities of daily living, such as walking around and using household utensils.
Osteoarthritis develops slowly and is most common in older people , but is also seen in the young.
Bony growths or spurs may develop on the margins of affected joints. There may be audible cracking or grating noises when the joint moves.