When you wake up in the morning do you feel a stiffness or pain in your joints? Does the pain and stiffness get better as they day goes on. These are common symptoms of osteoarthritis (OA). Osteoarthritis is the most common form and is often called “wear and tear” arthritis.  Osteoarthritis can occur from an acute injury like a slip and fall but typically it is the result of repetitive motion.  Symptoms can range from pain in the affected area, to loss of flexibility. Most people suffering from osteoarthritis will also commonly complain of joint stiffness as well. The most common areas affected by OA are the knees hips and spine.  Both the low are upper back are subject to the symptoms of osteoarthritis.

Osteoarthritis Of The Knees

Osteoarthritis in the knees is very common and stiffness and pain will often make it uncomfortable to stand for long periods of time or even walk in more severe cases.  The knees joints are subject to a lot of wear and tear over the years making them a common area for osteoarthritis. All the running, walking and getting up and down accumulates over time casing the wear and tear in the knees. Weight is also often a factor as many people are overweight which subjects the knees to added pressure.

Osteoarthritis Of The Hips

Pain in the hips is common as well and can be debilitating as your hips help you balance and enable movement in the lower part of your body. Osteoarthritis in the hips is often hard to diagnose as pain radiates to other areas of the body. You may feel pain in the hips groin or thigh area.

Osteoarthritis Of The Spine

Osteoarthritis in the spine can also be very painful and difficult to diagnosis.  Similar to the hip, the pain in your back may radiate other areas. If you have OA in the lower part of your back the pain may radiate to the pelvis, thigh or buttocks. Osteoarthritis in the upper part of your back may also radiate pain to your shoulders and up to your neck which may cause headaches.

Osteoarthritis is a common condition especially as we age and our bodies wear down. If you do suffer from pain or stiffness in the morning, it may worth your time to see an orthopedic physician. Pain, loss of flexibility and stiffness alter your quality of life and there may be a way to reduce or eliminate some or all of the symptoms. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, contact an orthopedic physician at the Illinois Bone and Joint Institute to help alleviate your pain. Make an appointment today.

This information is not intended to provide advise or treatment for a specific situation. Consult your physician and medical team for information and treatment plans on your specific condition(s).