Hide This

FREEHER HealthToolkit

HER Health Toolkit

Sign up for EmpowHER updates and you'll receive our
FREE HER Health Toolkit

Osteoarthritis

Get Email Updates

Osteoarthritis Guide

Maryann Gromisch RN Guide

Have a question? We're here to help. Ask the Community.

ASK

Health Newsletter

Receive the latest and greatest in women's health and wellness from EmpowHER - for free!

Stiff hips, knees? You May Have Osteoarthritis Symptoms

By Joanna Karpasea-Jones
 
Rate This

Osteoarthritis is a condition where the joint cartilage wears away. It is also called degenerative arthritis. It is primarily caused by aging, although it can occur after an injury or surgery. Cartilage is a connective tissue between the bones and the joints that protects the joints from damage. If it degenerates, it leads to pain and mobility problems.Commonly affected areas include the knees, hips, hands, feet and spinal column.

General symptoms include:
• Feeling stiff

• Joint pain and swelling which is worse after you wake up from a sleep and when you’ve been exercising
• Finding it difficult to move the affected joints
• Joints that look knobbly or unstable
• Warmth in your joints

If you have osteoarthritis in your hips, you may also suffer from:
• Pain in your hips
• Referred pain in your knees
• Pain in your buttocks or thighs
• Difficulty moving your hips and doing daily activities such as bending over

If you have osteoarthritis in your hands, you may also suffer from:
• Stiff fingers
• Pain and swelling of the fingers
• Abnormally large looking finger joints
• A ‘crackling’ sound in the joints
• Difficulty with tasks such as writing

If you have knee osteoarthritis, you may suffer from:
• Pain in your knees
• Pain when walking
• ‘Locking’ knee joints
• Clicking or grating knee caps

Diagnosis:

If you are older than 45 and you have any of the above symptoms, your doctor will examine your joints to confirm whether you have osteoarthritis. An X-ray may be offered to rule out any injury you may have sustained, as fractures can cause similar symptoms.

Treatment:

• Acetaminophen to ease mild pain.
•Anti-inflammatory pain killers to reduce pain and swelling if acetaminophen is not strong enough to help.
•Topical anti-inflammatory cream – this can be rubbed onto the affected areas.

• Codeine for severe pain- or you may be offered another morphine based painkiller like injections of steroids into your joints to decrease inflammation.

• Joint fusion surgery- when a surgeon fuses your joints together so you can no longer move them.

Add a CommentComments

There are no comments yet. Be the first one and get the conversation started!

Image CAPTCHA
Enter the characters shown in the image.
By submitting this form, you agree to EmpowHER's terms of service and privacy policy

We value and respect our HERWriters' experiences, but everyone is different. Many of our writers are speaking from personal experience, and what's worked for them may not work for you. Their articles are not a substitute for medical advice, although we hope you can gain knowledge from their insight.

Improved

1881 Health

Changed

775 Lives

Saved

644 Lives
5 lives impacted in the last 24 hrs Learn More

Take Our Featured Health Poll

Do your teens have their own cellphones?:
View Results