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Osteoarthritis is a type of arthritis caused by the breakdown and loss of cartilage (connective tissue that cushions bones at joints). Symptoms include pain in the joint, tenderness, stiffness and locking. There are many factors that can influence whether an individual will be affected by this – for example joint injury, obesity, or misalignments of bones.

How do I know if I have osteoarthritis?
You may be suffering from osteoarthritis if you have pain or insecurity when you use your joints (especially the knee joint) which has been present for over 6 month. Your doctor will examine you and take an X-ray – usually this will be enough to diagnose the condition. Otherwise, it may be necessary to undergo more sophisticated tests or scans.

What is joint replacement surgery?
It Is removing a damaged joint and replacing it with a new one. Whether or not to undergo replacement surgery should be a cooperative decision made by you, your family, your doctors and orthopaedic surgeon. It is a major surgery which requires thorough preparation and then an extended recovery period with rehabilitation and physiotherapy.