Arthritis is a condition in which one or more joints are inflamed due to the breakdown of cartilage. Without the normal amount of cartilage to cushion the joint and allow it to move smoothly, the bones rub together, causing pain, inflammation and stiffness.
This breakdown usually occurs over time. In some cases, arthritis can develop after a trauma such as a torn meniscus or fracture. There is no cure, but some treatments can help slow the disease and reduce pain.
What are the signs and symptoms of arthritis of the knee and hip?
- Redness and swelling around the joint
- Chronic pain
- Popping noise or grinding sensation in the joint
- Weakness in the joint
- Instability or loss of use