In general, symptoms of osteoarthritis tend to be pain, most importantly. Some other ones are stiffness, especially in the morning with the first few steps and you're get going over in the morning. Many patients will complain of limited activity, especially with their limited ability to walk longer distances or stand for long periods of time. It's also associated with difficulty moving the joint. So decreased range of motion, as well as swelling in the joint itself. Patients should typically contact either their primary care doctor or an orthopedic surgeon or a non-operative orthopedic specialist, when they have symptoms that last longer than approximately six to eight weeks. Typically any symptoms that are lasting that long without a clear traumatic insult is something that should be investigated either with an x-ray usually, or MRI.
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