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What does it mean to have degenerative arthritis?

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Dr. Pierre Moeser
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
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In brief: Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis or degenerative joint disease is characterized by degeneration of cartilage (and later, bone) that affects how a joint moves and tolerates loads and stresses.
Advancing age and trauma worsen the degeneration. In weight bearing joints, obesity also accelerates the progression.

In brief: Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis or degenerative joint disease is characterized by degeneration of cartilage (and later, bone) that affects how a joint moves and tolerates loads and stresses.
Advancing age and trauma worsen the degeneration. In weight bearing joints, obesity also accelerates the progression.
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Dr. Albert Pizzo
Family Medicine
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In brief: Degenerative arthrit

This refers to a disease process that alters the anatomy of the bones especially in the areas of joints and vertebra.
The area is altered by a degeneration process and usually causes pain in the affected areas. This is a different process than the inflammatory arthric diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis.

In brief: Degenerative arthrit

This refers to a disease process that alters the anatomy of the bones especially in the areas of joints and vertebra.
The area is altered by a degeneration process and usually causes pain in the affected areas. This is a different process than the inflammatory arthric diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis.
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