Osteoarthritis is caused when the cartilage tissue connecting our joints begins to degenerate. The condition may affect any joint in the body, although it is most commonly experienced in those which regularly carry weight. Hips, knees, shoulders, and elbows are best known, and the condition will typically cause stiffness, pain and general discomfort that will probably worsen over time. Sometimes this is accompanied by swelling/inflammation, cracking sounds, and acute tenderness.
People of all ages can experience osteoarthritis but those in their middle and later years are more likely to develop the condition due to simple wear and tear. Symptoms vary between people and severity can range from mild discomfort to severe incapacitation.