Typically, Osteoarthritis results from the breakdown of the flexible joint tissue known as cartilage and can lead to stiff and immobile joints.
Cartilage normally covers the ends of bones where they meet to form a joint. Healthy cartilage allows bones to glide smoothly over one another with movement. But when cartilage is damaged or worn away, the bones rub together causing pain, swelling, and loss of joint mobility. This pain and swelling are key indicators of Osteoarthritis.
There are many factors that contribute to Osteoarthritis, and many reasons you could be experiencing joint pain. Make sure to consult a doctor or medical professional about your pain, and what treatment is right for you.