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OSTEOARTHROSIS – ARTHROSIS

by admin - May 15th, 2009.
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Arthrosis occurs when the wearing out occurs faster than the tissue can be replaced, the cartilage softens, develops cracks and may even wear completely through exposing the bone. Irritation to the bone then causes damage, small splits and overgrowth as the bone thickens and proliferates.

Small projections of bone (osteophytes) may project around the edges of the bone at the joint surface.

In the arthrosis which is mainly due to wear and tear the larger weight bearing joints such as the knees and hips are more commonly affected.

Any injury to a joint such as a torn cartilage in the knee or a fracture of a bone near a joint can lead to the early development of osteoarthrosis as can other joint disorders or deformities which throw unnatural strain on the joint.

The symptoms of osteoarthrosis are pain on using the joint, limitation of mobility and stiffness after rest or overuse. Early morning stiffness is uncommon but this symptom is a common finding in the inflammatory joint disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis.

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