Arthritis is a general term that means inflammation of the joints. Osteoarthritis, is the most common type of arthritis.Breakdown of cartilage in joints can occur in almost any joint in the body. It commonly occurs in the weight-bearing joints of the hips, knees, and spine, affecting the fingers, thumb, neck, and large toe.
Chances of developing this disease increases with age. Most people over age 60 are affected with osteoarthritis to some degree, with varying severity .People of age 20s and 30s can also get osteoarthritis, often with an underlying reason, such as joint injury or repetitive joint stress from overuse. In people over age 50, more women are affected than men with osteoarthritis.
Symptoms of osteoarthritis which develop gradually and include: