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Osteoarthritis is a condition in which the cartilage that protects and cushions
the joints breaks down over time. Eventually, the bones—formerly separated by
the cartilage—rub against each other. This results in damage to the tissue and
bone and causes painful joint symptoms.
Osteoarthritis, sometimes called degenerative joint disease or
osteoarthrosis, is the most common form of arthritis. It most often affects the
joints of the spine, fingers, thumbs, hips, knees, or toes.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerAnne C. Poinier, MD - Internal MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerStanford M. Shoor, MD - Rheumatology
Current as ofSeptember 9, 2014
Current as of:
September 9, 2014
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Stanford M. Shoor, MD - Rheumatology
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