Osteoarthritis is a type of arthritis that occurs when flexible tissue at the ends of bones wears down.

The wearing down of the protective tissue at the ends of bones (cartilage) occurs gradually and worsens over time. Joint pain is an ailment that afflicts many people. It can range from simple aches and stiffness to severe problems that require medical treatment and sometimes surgery. The most common areas affected are the hands, neck, back, knees, and hips. Physical therapy, herbal medicine, chiropractic care and acupuncture are natural ways to help reduce pain and maintain joint movement.