Symptoms of Osteoarthritis

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Dolor articulaciones

Pain. This is the main symptom of osteoarthritis, called mechanical, as it improves, or even disappears, at rest and gets worse with physical exercise or movements.

Joint deformity

Deformity. In advanced cases there can be deformity and changes in the alignment of the joints.

Inflamación rodilla, líquido sinovial

Inflammation and accumulation of synovial fluid. Approximately one-third of patients have episodes of swelling and accumulation of synovial fluid within the joint, which is called a joint effusion. This is particularly common in the knee. The joint fluid of osteoarthritis contains few cells and is transparent and viscous.

Atrofia de los músculos

Atrophy of the contiguous muscles. In advanced cases there is atrophy of the contiguous muscles that contribute to the stability of the joint. In these phases there may be different degrees of joint deformity with a limitation in mobility and the gradual loss of joint function.

Substantiated information by:
Jenaro A. Fernández-Valencia LabordeTraumatologist — Orthopedic Surgery and Traumatology DepartmentAnna MartínPhysiotherapist — Rehabilitation DepartmentAna MonegalRheumatologist — Rheumatology DepartmentRosa MarinaNurse — Orthopedic Surgery and Traumatology DepartmentNuria SapenaNurse — Orthopedic Surgery and Traumatology Department

Published: 20 February 2018
Updated: 20 February 2018

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