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What happens with osteoarthritis?

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You lose your body's shock absorber. Cartilage, the slippery material that covers the ends of bones, gradually breaks down. The damaged cartilage makes movement painful. You may hear a grating sound when the roughened cartilage on the surface of the bones rubs together. You may get painful spurs or bumps on the end of the bones, especially on fingers and feet. The joint lining can get inflamed, but it's not common with osteoarthritis.

From: 5 Common Types of Arthritis WebMD Medical Reference

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National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Arthritis."

The Arthritis Society: "An Introduction to Arthritis."

Arthritis Foundation: "Frequently Asked Questions About Osteoarthritis."

American College of Rheumatology: "Rheumatoid Arthritis."

McIlwain, H., MD and Bruce, D., PhD. Marlowe, 2007. A Diet for a Pain-Free Life,

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on April 19, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Arthritis."

The Arthritis Society: "An Introduction to Arthritis."

Arthritis Foundation: "Frequently Asked Questions About Osteoarthritis."

American College of Rheumatology: "Rheumatoid Arthritis."

McIlwain, H., MD and Bruce, D., PhD. Marlowe, 2007. A Diet for a Pain-Free Life,

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on April 19, 2018

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