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How does osteoarthritis affect your body?

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Osteoarthritis causes the cartilage in a joint to become stiff and lose its elasticity, making it more susceptible to damage. Over time, the cartilage may wear away in some areas, greatly decreasing its ability to act as a shock absorber. As the cartilage wears away, tendons and ligaments stretch, causing pain. If the condition worsens, the bones could rub against each other, causing even more pain and loss of movement.

From: Pain Management: Osteoarthritis WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Arthritis Foundation: Osteoarthritis.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Osteoarthritis.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database.

WebMD Health News: "FDA Approves Cymbalta for Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain."

Reviewed by David Zelman on January 08, 2018

SOURCES:

Arthritis Foundation: Osteoarthritis.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Osteoarthritis.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database.

WebMD Health News: "FDA Approves Cymbalta for Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain."

Reviewed by David Zelman on January 08, 2018

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