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Osteoarthritis as ‘wear and tear’, a clinical syndrome of joint pain

Osteoarthritis is the most common disease of the joints, and one of the most widespread of all chronic diseases. Frequently described as ‘wear and tear’, its prevalence increases steadily with age and by retirement age the associated radiological changes can be observed in over half the population. Symptoms can vary from minimal to severe pain and stiffness, but overall the disease is responsible for considerable morbidity and is a common reason for GP consultation. What is osteoarthritis? Osteoarthritis (OA) refers to a clinical syndrome of joint pain accompanied by varying degrees of functional...
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