Pain is the most common complication of OA. The degree of pain can vary, from annoying to excruciating. In general, the pain of early OA diminishes over time after a period of activity.

As OA progresses, your ability to move the joint may be limited because of changes in the joint, bony growths around the joints called osteophytes, and muscle spasm. This can affect your ability to do day-to-day activities.

The combination of pain and not being able to do the things you would like to can cause loss of self-esteem and sometimes depression. If you think your quality of life is being affected by your OA, it is important to discuss a treatment plan with your doctor that addresses all your concerns about your condition. It's also important to stick to your treatment plan - this means using your treatment exactly as recommended by your doctor.