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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    What are the symptoms of osteoarthritis?

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    Chris Fonda

    Dietitian, Nutritionist, Sports Dietitian

    As an Accredited Sports Dietitian, APD and athlete (springboard diver), Chris has both professional and personal experience in sport at the sub-elite and elite level.Chris … View Profile

    Symptoms of osteoarthritis (OA) include:

    • pain, swelling, loss of motion and changes in joint shape
    • abnormal bone growth (e.g. bone spurs)
    • morning stiffness and “gelling” of joints after periods of inactivity

    Most commonly affect joints are that of the hands, thumb joint and in particular joints of the knees, hips, ankles, and spine.

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    Dr Ryan Hislop

    Chiropractor

    Dr Ryan Hislop, Chiropractor is situated in Mudgee with the team from Chiropractic Health and Wellness Centre. He has a special interest in sports chiropractic … View Profile

    Pain and stiffness in the joints are the most common symptoms. The pain is often worse after exercise and when you put weight or pressure on the joint.If you have osteoarthritis, your joints probably become stiffer and harder to move over time. You may notice a rubbing, grating, or crackling sound when you move the joint.The phrase “morning stiffness” refers to the pain and stiffness you may feel when you first wake up in the morning. Stiffness usually lasts for 30 minutes or less. It is improved by mild activity that “warms up” the joint.During the day, the pain may get worse when you're active and feel better when you are resting. After a while, the pain may be present when you are resting. It may even wake you up at night.Some people might not have symptoms, even though x-rays show the changes of OA.

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