Symptoms and Signs
Osteoarthritis symptoms often develop slowly and worsen over time. Signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis include:
Pain in a joint during or after use, or after a period of inactivity
Tenderness in the joint when you apply light pressure
Stiffness in a joint, that may be most noticeable when patient wake up in the morning or after a period of inactivity
Loss of flexibility difficulties to use the joint
Swelling in some cases
Osteoarthritis symptoms most commonly affect the hands, hips, knees and spine. Unless one has been injured or placed unusual stress on a joint, it’s uncommon for osteoarthritis symptoms to affect jaw, shoulder, elbows, wrists or ankles.