OSTEOARTHRITIS & ADVANCED THERAPIES
Osteoarthritis is a chronic condition in which the cartilage that cushions the joint, begins to breaks down. The breakdown of this tissue will eventually lead to pain, joint stiffness and sometimes swelling. Articular cartilage is the highly specialized connective tissue found in the joint. Its principal function is to provide a cushioned surface for load bearing activities. The articular cartilage covers the bone surfaces in the joint and when the cartilage degenerates it causes the surfaces of the bone to rub against each other, leading to the complications of osteoarthritis. The common risk factors for osteoarthritis include increasing age, obesity, previous joint injury, overuse of the joint, weak thigh muscles, and genetics.