Osteoarthritis (also known as degenerative arthritis , degenerative joint disease ), is a type of arthritis that is caused by the breakdown and eventual loss of the cartilage-the protein substance that serves as a “cushion” between the bones of the joints. Osteoarthritis is also known as degenerative arthritis. Among the over 100 different types of arthritis conditions, osteoarthritis is the most common, affecting millions of people especially after the age of 35. The usual clinical manifestations of osteo-arthritis are joint pain, tenderness, stiffness, creaking, locking of joints, and sometimes local inflammation.

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