What are the clinical signs of osteoarthritis?

Suhail Kumar, MD
Rheumatology
With osteoarthritis, patients may experience joint pain and possible swelling. There may be an associated morning stiffness of up to 30 minutes. Symptoms generally worsen with increased activity and use of the joints. Over time, they may notice bony enlargement around the joints leading to decreased mobility of the joint. 
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Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine

Because no single test or biomarker can detect osteoarthritis, doctors must look for these signs:

- joint stiffness, particularly when rising in the morning or after sitting for an extended period
- joint swelling, inflammation, or tenderness
- joint sounds or feeling of crunching, which could suggest that the joint cartilage has worn down to the point of "bone on bone"

See a doctor if you have any of these signs.

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