Osteoarthritis, or degenerative joint disease, is a general term for inflamed joints. The most common form of arthritis, it can occur in any joint and involves the breakdown and deterioration of cartilage. When the cartilage loses its elasticity, it cannot absorb shock during movement and can cause tendons and ligaments to stretch, and bones to rub together. Factors that can lead to osteoarthritis include heredity, obesity, injury, and overuse of joints.
Possible symptoms of osteoarthritis may include:
- Enlarged Boney Areas Surrounding the Finger Joints
- Fluid Accumulation Around Joints
- Joint Pain
- Pain After Exertion and Inactivity
- Swelling of Joints