Degenerative Joint Disease; Osteoarthritis arthritis 


Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. This is the form that usually comes with age and most often affects the fingers, knees, and hips. Sometimes osteoarthritis follows an injury to a joint. For example, a young person might hurt his knee badly playing soccer. Then, years after the knee has apparently healed, he might get arthritis in his knee joint.

----A joint is the location at which two bones make contact. Structurally, the joints are classified as:*fibrous - bones are connected by fibrous connective tissue.*cartilaginous - bones are connected by cartilage.*synovial - there is a space (synovial cavity) between the articulating bones.Functionally, they can be classified as:*synarthrosis - permit no movement.*amphiarthrosis - permit little movement.*diarthrosis - permit a variety of movements (e.g. flexion, adduction, pronation). ...

Osteoarthritis as related to Joints