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What happens to cartilage in osteoarthritis?

In osteoartritis, cartilage is lost. Osteoarthritis is a condition in which wear and tear on your joints over time causes degenerative changes. These changes cause a loss of cartilage. When the cartilage is totally or almost totally gone, you may get a "bone on bone" situation, which can be quite painful.
Grant Cooper, MD
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
In osteoarthritis, cartilage degenerates, losing its cushioning and smooth, lubricating effects. As the amount of cartilage decreases, increasing stress is placed on other structures within the joint, such as the bones, joint capsule, ligaments, and tendons.
The Arthritis Handbook: Improve Your Health and Manage the Pain of Osteoarthritis (A DiaMedica Guide to Optimum Wellness)

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The Arthritis Handbook: Improve Your Health and Manage the Pain of Osteoarthritis (A DiaMedica Guide to Optimum Wellness)

According to conventional wisdom, arthritis pain is an inevitable part of aging. Not so, says Dr. Grant Cooper in this practical, accessible guide. For those who do develop osteoarthritic conditions,...

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