What’s the difference between osteoarthritis and arthritis?

Osteoarthritis is a type of arthritis caused by natural wear and tear to the cartilage and joints over time.

It can cause pain and stiffness in joints such as hips, knees, lower back and hands. It is more common in older people, but can develop at any age.

Find out about the condition, how to get treatment and how to live with osteoarthritis.

It is important to talk to your GP early if you are worried you might have arthritis.

Page last updated: 27 November 2018

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