Also known as “wear-and-tear” arthritis, osteoarthritis is a condition that destroys the smooth outer covering (articular cartilage) of bone. As the cartilage wears away, it becomes frayed and rough, and the protective space between the bones decreases. During movement, the bones of the joint rub against each other, causing pain.
Among the over 100 different types of arthritis conditions, osteoarthritis is the most common.
The most common symptom of osteoarthritis is pain in the affected joint(s) after repetitive use. The goal of treatment in osteoarthritis is to reduce joint pain and inflammation while improving and maintaining joint function.