The whole body, including the heart, lungs and other organs, can be affected by arthritis and related diseases. It primarily affects muscles and bones. When it develops in joints like the knees and hips, arthritis is damaging and painful. The symptoms often interfere with daily tasks as the arthritis becomes worse.
Typical symptoms of arthritis in the hip and knee joints include pain in ordinary activities like walking, getting up from sitting, or climbing steps. It can be persistent joint pain regardless of activity.
The knee or hip is stiff and does not move easily.
The joint feels and looks swollen compared to its normal condition.
Range of motion is how flexible the joint can be in bending or stretching. When smooth cartilage between bones is worn away or damaged, the joint is limited in movement.
The joint may unexpectedly buckle or give out because it is unable to hold body weight.
The knee or hip joint may be swollen, look red and inflamed, or feel warm to the touch.
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