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2. Pain Brought on by Activity
Aches and pains are different for every patient, and sometimes problems in the joints progress without causing much discomfort at all. In fact, only about one third of OA patients actually feel pain before they’ve been diagnosed with an x ray.
However, the pattern of pain (when pain is present), can indicate what sort of health issue is at play: in OA, pain is usually brought on and aggravated by activity, but will settle down with rest. Balancing activity with rest is crucial – but challenging – component of managing OA.