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osteoarthritis syndrome is a degenerative form of joint disease. what does it affect?

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Dr. Thomas Namey
47 years experience Rheumatology
Virtually all joints: Most joints can be invovled, but some many more times likely than others. Cartilage deteriorates and has little capacity for regneration, since it is devoid of blood flow. Nutrition of cartilage is from diffusion of nutrient fromm blood flowing to adjacent bone and muscle. It can be primary, caused by wear and tear, or be caused by an inflammatory arthritis. Weight bearing joints more likely.
Answered on Mar 26, 2013

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Yes: With wear and tear (chronic use), the outer layer of cartilage in a joint tends to break down or degenerate.
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