Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease that affects the articular cartliage, soft tissue and underlying bone of synovial joints. OA is now viewed as an active disease process which results in the destruction of the articular cartliage. The articular cartliage covers the end of bones where they meet to form joints. This articular cartliage allows us to move more freely reducing friction between the bones. When this breaks down new bone forms at the margins of the joint. Eventually the joint space narrows and range of movement decreases. This leads to bone on bone contact which is one source of potential pain. Continue reading “Osteoarthritis”