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How can deformities of joints cause osteoarthritis?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
Deformities of the joint may increase the risk for osteoarthritis. This is because the deformity, or any abnormal shape that causes misalignment of the joint, may increase the breakdown of cartilage, along with other factors such as repeated injuries, abnormal motions, trauma, or other joint disorders. Osteoarthritis resulting from these causes is said to be "secondary osteoarthritis."

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