Osteoarthritis is a condition that affects the whole joint including bone, cartilage, ligaments and muscles. The area predominantly affected is the cartilage (the protective covering over the ends of your bones), which degenerates, or breaks down. This cartilage is what stops the bones in your joints from rubbing against each other. Damage to cartilage and surrounding structures can cause your joints to:
Sometimes you can have osteoarthritis and not feel any symptoms at all. The most common sites to feel pain are your hands, spine, hips, and knees.
Firstly, make sure you have an accurate diagnosis. It is best to visit your general practitioner (GP) first, to get appropriate tests and to come up with a treatment plan.
The best approach to treatment is a team approach.
You are the most important member of your healthcare team. Your team may also involve:
At Arthritis Queensland, we provide and recommend a range of services that support you to manage your osteoarthritis.
Your gift will help fund self-management courses, education seminars and will provide individual support for people living with arthritis.