Osteoarthritis defines the wearing away of cartilage that eventually causes inflammation of a joint. As we grow older, we may begin to notice a few aches and pains or stiff joints in the morning, most especially in our knees. The risk of getting arthritis in specific joints of the body increases over the age of 50. Being overweight or obese can also contribute to arthritis, especially in the lower extremities. Individuals who have worked in repetitive movement jobs, sustained injuries to the bone, or have some type of trauma to the knee are also at an increased risk of developing knee arthritis. Arthritis, regardless of type can cause similar symptoms. Here are some common arthritic symptoms that you may experience: • Morning stiffness • Redness over the affected joint • The affected joint may feel warm, tender, and painful So what do you do with that pain? You talk to your doctor or physical therapist about it and learn ways to maintain the strength and mobility of your knee joint through certain activities and exercise.