Arthritis is a word that means ‘inflamed joint’. Affecting nearly 2.1 million Australians, osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis. Osteoarthritis is a condition where the cartilage that protects and cushions the ends of the bones within joints is no longer efficiently repaired. As cartilage is gradually lost, the bone gradually loses its normal shape. The rough, uneven surfaces rub together causing pain. While the arthritis is usually manageable, it does impact on a patient’s quality of life.