Osteoarthritis: Symptoms & Signs

Medically Reviewed on 9/10/2019

Osteoarthritis is a type of joint damage.

Signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis include pain in the affected joints that occurs after repetitive use. Since the condition can affect many different joints, this can lead to hand pain, hip pain, knee pain, lower back pain, neck pain, or any kind of joint pain. Other associated symptoms and signs include joint swelling, joint stiffness, joint creaking or crackling, and loss of range of motion. Joint deformity can occur in severe cases.

Causes of osteoarthritis

Aging, wear and tear on the joints, inherited conditions, and injury from trauma or disease cause osteoarthritis. OA causes the breakdown and eventual loss of cartilage in the joints. Osteoarthritis occurs more frequently with advancing age and occurs in different locations throughout the body.

Other osteoarthritis (oa) symptoms and signs


What joints are most often affected by osteoarthritis? See Answer

Subscribe to MedicineNet's Arthritis Newsletter

By clicking "Submit," I agree to the MedicineNet Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy. I also agree to receive emails from MedicineNet and I understand that I may opt out of MedicineNet subscriptions at any time.

Kasper, D.L., et al., eds. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 19th Ed. United States: McGraw-Hill Education, 2015.