Osteoarthritis (OA) is a condition that affects the whole joint including bone, cartilage, ligaments and muscles.
Osteoarthritis may include:
- inflammation of the tissue around a joint
- damage to joint cartilage - this is the protective cushion on the ends of your bones which allows a joint to move smoothly
- bony spurs growing around the edge of a joint
- deterioration of ligaments (the tough bands that hold your joints together) and tendons (cords that attach muscles to bones).
To learn more about OA, download the information sheet and booklet to help you understand how you may be affected and what you can do to manage it, as well as where to find further information and advice. You can also visit the My Joint Pain website for more information.