Unlike rheumatoid arthritis, where joints on either side of the body are affected equally, OA doesn't follow a pattern; the symptoms depend on which individual joints are affected.

The person with OA usually feels a deep aching pain, especially after activity, in and around the affected joints. The pain is usually relieved by rest. The most commonly affected joints are the knees, hips, joints of the hands, spine, shoulder, and elbow.

People with OA may complain of morning stiffness in the affected joints lasting up to 30 minutes. A crackling or grating sound, known as crepitus, may be heard as the joint is moved. As the condition worsens over time, the joint may become enlarged or deformed as a result of cartilage loss.

If you think you might have OA, see your doctor.