Pain and stiffness in the joints are the most common symptoms of osteoarthritis. The pain is often worse after exercise and when you put weight or pressure on the joint.
If you have osteoarthritis, your joints probably become stiffer and harder to move over time. You may notice a rubbing, grating, or crackling sound when you move the joint.
The phrase "morning stiffness" refers to the pain and stiffness you may feel when you first wake up in the morning. Stiffness usually lasts for 30 minutes or less. It is improved by mild activity that "warms up" the joint.
During the day, the pain may get worse when you're active and feel better when you are resting. After a while, the pain may be present when you are resting. It may even wake you up at night.
Some people might not have symptoms, even though x-rays show the changes of osteoarthritis.
Explore the many treatments for osteoarthritis, including the Knee Arthritis Program (KNAP) at ICPR. We'll help you limit your pain without limiting your activities. No surgery is required! There's nothing like your natural knee. Learn more at our FREE one-hour KNAP seminar or call for a free consultation at 1-877-211-4277 and ask for Misty or Kim.