Osteoarthritis is a condition in which the cartilage that protects
and cushions joints breaks down over time. Eventually, the bones, formerly
separated by cartilage, rub against each other. This results in damage to the
tissue and underlying bone, causing the painful joint symptoms of
osteoarthritis. The joint space in this hip joint is narrowed due to cartilage
loss and bone spur formation.
Primary Medical Reviewer
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Stanford M. Shoor, MD - Rheumatology
April 8, 2011
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
April 08, 2011
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