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Osteoarthritis is a type of arthritis and it is the most common form of arthritis. It is also called degenerative joint disease. Osteoarthritis happens when the cartilage in your joints becomes worn down. Osteoarthritis can occur in any of your joints, but we commonly see it in the hands, knees, hips, lower back and neck. Osteoarthritis cannot be cured but it can be treated.
Osteoarthritis is only one kind of arthritis. Arthritis is the broad name given to any inflammatory joint disease. Rheumatoid arthritis and some other forms of arthritis are not diseases as associated with aging, but rather auto-immune disorders, in which antibodies attack your cartilage, which is what triggers that inflammation and joint pain.
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