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The Causes, Symptoms and Complications of Degenerative Arthritis

The majority of all the bones that are in the human body are all straight. So, in order for a person to be able to move freely, they are connected by a type of flexible tissue called cartilage. Of course, there are muscles and tendons that help with the movement process too. But the cartilage has one of the most important jobs because it helps to protect the ends of the bones from wearing against each other. Sometimes, as a person ages, the cartilage starts to break down though. And this results in a condition called osteoarthritis, which is also known as degenerative arthritis. Since it is the most common type of arthritis, it helps to know a little bit about what causes it, what the symptoms of it are, and the complications that can arise if it isn’t treated properly.

Information. Degenerative arthritis usually affects the joints that a person uses the most often. So a person who works at a job where they have to bend down a lot will have a higher chance of developing the condition in their knees. Someone who does repetitive typing at a computer for many years would develop it in their hands though. For this reason, some doctors call it wear and tear arthritis.

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