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What is arthritis?

Dr. Vonda Wright, MD
Orthopedic Surgeon

Arthritis is the wear and tear of the cartilage that lines the end of your bones. Normally, cartilage is smooth, glistening and white, and two cartilage-covered bones moving across one another in our joints are virtually frictionless. In fact, they are smoother than ice. When the cartilage begins to wear down, like potholes in a road, the surface loses its smooth finish. This is when the stiffness and aching set in.

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