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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.

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