The breakdown of cartilage (the cushion between bones) in the joints. This medical condition is usually followed by chronic inflammation of the joint lining. The joints that are most commonly associated with this condition include the ones in the knee, hip, hands and foot.
The exact cause of osteoarthritis is unclear to doctors today. However, this condition has been associated with aging in adults.
People with osteoarthritis usually have joint pain, limited movement and rotation of the affected joint as well as weakness of muscles surrounding the affected joint.
Although there is no technique to stop the breakdown of cartilage between bones, there are methods to help reduce the pain resulting from this condition. Such procedures include taking medication, exercising regularly, receiving corticosteroid injections to the inflamed joint and having surgery to re-position bones within a joint.