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Why does arthritis make your joints hurt?

Moving a joint affected by arthritis can be painful because in arthritis, cartilage that protects the ends of bones and allows the joint to move easily and painlessly wears away. This animation shows why arthritis can make it painful and difficult to move your knee.



Arthritis Pain

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Arthritis Symptoms

Arthritis Symptoms

Patients describe arthritis symptoms as an aching pain, like pain after a long walk. Moving a joint affected by arthritis can be painful because the cartilage that protects the ends of bones and allows the joint to move easily and ...

painlessly wears away. Other symptoms of arthritis include inflammation (usually mild) and joint stiffness, which is especially common first thing in the morning and during cool, damp weather.
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