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About osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. It mainly affects people over the age of 40 but it can develop at any age.

Osteoarthritis can affect any joint in your body but it usually occurs in large moveable joints such as your hips, knees, and lower back. It can also occur in your hands, particularly at the base of your thumb and the end joints of your fingers.

Do I have osteoarthritis?

If you're worried that you might have osteoarthritis, you need help managing your symptoms, or if you have any concerns about your health, talk to your GP.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Endorsed by rheumatologist, Department of Rheumatology, Immunology & Allergy, Canterbury DHB. Last reviewed December 2017.

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Review key: HIOST-35589