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