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What is osteoarthritis?

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Osteoarthritis, or degenerative joint disease, is the most common type of arthritis. It's caused by the breakdown of a joint's cartilage. Cartilage is a firm, rubbery material that covers and cushions the ends of bones in normal joints. Its main function is to reduce friction in the joints and serve as a "shock absorber."

From: Pain Management: Osteoarthritis WebMD Medical Reference

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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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