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    Complications of Osteoarthritis

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    Most people find osteoarthritis to be a nuisance that eventually becomes significant enough to affect their daily activities. And sometimes there are more serious complications.

    Possible complications of osteoarthritis include:

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    • Rapid, complete breakdown of cartilage resulting in loose tissue material in the joint (chondrolysis).
    • Bone death (osteonecrosis).
    • Stress fractures (hairline crack in the bone that develops gradually in response to repeated injury or stress).
    • Bleeding inside the joint.
    • Infection in the joint.
    • Deterioration or rupture of the tendons and ligaments around the joint, leading to loss of stability.
    • Pinched nerve (in osteoarthritis of the spine).
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    Last Updated: September 09, 2014
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