OA symptoms

Date Posted : August 17, 2020

by Nadine Plotnikoff in : Osteoarthritis Physio Resources

Commonly reported osteoarthritis symptoms in the weight-bearing joints include the following:

Signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis

  • Pain with weight bearing activities
  • Stiffness
  • Instability
  • Reduced mobility
  • In more advanced cases of OA, pain can exist even when at rest and the involved joint can appear red, hot or swollen.


People living with these symptoms report their lives impacted in the following ways:

  • Reduced overall physical activity levels
  • Difficulty with weightbearing activities such as climbing stairs and walking.
  • Inability to engage fully in meaningful activities such as playing with grandchildren
  • Time loss from the work force
  • Loss of independence in such basic but personal tasks such as putting on socks and shoes
  • High medication use