The main symptoms of osteoarthritis of a joint are:
- Pain (particularly when you’re moving or at the end of the day – this usually feels better when you rest).
- Stiffness (especially after rest – this usually eases after a minute or so as you get moving).
- Crepitus, a creaking, crunching, grinding sensation when you move the joint.
- Boney swellings (caused by osteophytes).
Other symptoms can include:
- The joint giving way because your muscles have become weak or the joint structure is less stable.
- Joints not moving freely or as far as normal.
- Joints becoming misshapen.
- The muscles around a joint looking thin or wasted.A few people may find joint pain wakes them at night but this generally only happens with severe osteoarthritis.You’ll probably find your pain varies and you have good days and bad days, sometimes depending on how active you’ve been but also sometimes for no obvious reason. Some people find changes in the weather (especially damp weather and low pressure) make their pain and stiffness worse. This may be because nerve fibres in the capsule of their joint are sensitive to changes in atmospheric pressure.
If you suspect you may have osteoarthritis, contact the Rheumatology Team at Baddow Hospital and make an appointment with one of our Private GPs.