Caused by the joints being over used (ie wear and tear), the cartilage rubs away so that bone ends up rubbing against bone and forming osteophytes (new bone-like growth). It results in pain and inflamed joints. Movement is restricted to the point it can prove extremely debilitating.

How to tell if you have arthritis

You experience:

  • Stiffness first thing in the morning
  • Pain (is osteoarthritis is involved)
  • The joints feel hot and swell up