Someone who has severe cartilage degeneration may not have reached the point where the surrounding structures have become irritated and inflamed. If only cartilage is involved, there will be no pain because cartilage doesn't have any nerve endings. By contrast, the person with minimal X-ray findings of cartilage degeneration may just be unlucky enough to have the cartilage degrade in a pattern that allows pressure to be placed on the surrounding structures, leading to irritation and inflammation. Perhaps the synovium was already inflamed, or perhaps the bone was already compensating for increased pressure, and a tiny bone spur hooked a piece of the joint capsule or irritated a ligament.
- Q Does arthritis of the hip show up on an x-ray?
- Q How does early diagnosis help with arthritis?
- Q What tests can my doctor order while checking for arthritis?
- Q Do x-rays show wearing down of cartilage due to arthritis?
- Q What should I do if an X-ray detects arthritis without any symptoms?
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