|Symptoms can range from stiffness and mild pain that
comes and goes, to severe joint pain and disability. OA often
affects the joints of the fingers and wrists and the large
weight-bearing joints of the knees and hips and vertebrae, but it
can affect any joint in the body. Symptoms of arthritis are:
- Swelling in one or more joints
- Stiffness of the joints that lasts for at least 1 hour in the
- Warmth and redness of a joint
- Constant or recurring pain or tenderness in a joint.
The pain may occur during activity or afterwards. Changes in
the weather can also worsen the pain. Mild osteoarthritis
pain can be minimal and may completely resolve but is likely to
recur when the joint is overused.
- Decreased flexibility of the joint
resulting in difficulty using or moving a joint normally
- Deformity of the joint can eventually
The doctor will ask
questions about the history of your symptoms and do a physical exam.
To assess cartilage erosion, doctors routinely rely on measurement
of the joint space width using Xrays. Currently there are no
blood tests that reveal the presence of osteoarthritis, however the
doctor may order further lab tests to rule-out other types of
|Written by N Thompson, ARNP, MSN, reviewed by M Thompson, MD, Internal Medicine, last updated October 2006
~Make BAMI.us your home page and gateway to the World Wide Web~
This is an up-to-date educational source for patient education. Health care providers may feel free to print out copies for their patient's use. Please note that content may not be copied for resale or other commercial use such as for web sites. The content on this site is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this site.
©2010 Bay Area Medical Information (BAMI.us)™ All Rights Reserved
Google |Yahoo | MSN | AOL | Netscape | Earthlink | Dogpile | All the Web | AltaVista