Did You Know?
Provided by: Dr. Jason Profetto, Secretary, The Hamilton Academy of Medicine
Osteoarthritis – The Aches and Pains of Joints
Osteoarthritis, also known as OA, is a common problem that affects many people in Canada and can involve many different joints. It is a degenerative condition of the joint itself in which the cartilage (smooth articulating surface) of the bones that create the joint start to degrade. As a result, instead of having as smooth functioning joint that flexes and extends without issue, there is crepitus (a crunching or cracking sensation), stiffness and potentially pain.
OA generally affects the larger, weight bearing joints in the body – namely the hips and knees. It can however affect smaller joints as well – fingers, knuckles, wrists, shoulders, ankles, etc. As stated previously…. read more