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What is Osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis is an inflammation of the joint, commonly the hip or knee joint.

  • Cartilage is the smooth shock absorbing Teflon-like covering on the ends of the bone
  • Inflammation results in a destruction of the cartilage
  • Damaged cartilage allows the rough bones on either side of the joint to rub against each together causing pain and restricted motion

Diagnosis is made by your physician based on a physical examination and x-rays. The doctor is looking for:

  • pain around the joint
  • grating or crunching in the joint
  • decreased motion
  • swelling around the joint
Medical drawing depicting a healthy knee joint vs a knee joint afflicted with osteoarthritis