What is Osteoarthritis? Sometimes called degenerative joint disease or degenerative arthritis, osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common chronic condition of the joints, OA can affect any joint, but it occurs most often in knees, hips, lower back and neck,. (1)
Normally healthy cartilage allows bones to glide over one another and helps absorb the shock of physical movement. In OA the cartilage that covers the ends of the bones in the joints begins to break down and wear away, causing the bones to rub together, creating pain, swelling and loss of motion.
What is Osteoarthritis? Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition of the any joint/s in the body (eg- hands, shoulders, knees, spine) that is associated with pain, stiffness, inflammation and / or an increasing difficulty in using the associated joint/s. It is known by many names but Osteoarthritis (OA) and Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD) are the most common. I like to refer to it as “wear and tear” when discussing this condition with my clients as it gives people a better idea of what might be going on inside them and doesn’t sound quite so ominous.