To find a doctor, call 800-667-5356 or click below:
Find a Doctor
Request an Appointment
En Español (Spanish Version)
Reducing Your Risk
Talking to Your Doctor
Living With Osteoarthritis
Articular cartilage is the tissue located at the end of bones. It can deteriorate over time. This causes a common condition called osteoarthritis. It can become worse over time. In many people, osteoarthritis can be debilitating.
Normally, cartilage is the shock absorber in a joint. It absorbs energy from jarring movement, protecting the bone and other tissue in the area. Cartilage is naturally a very slippery material. It helps the joint glide smoothly. When the cartilage begins to show wear and tear, the lining of the joint becomes inflamed and painful. This makes the joint stiff.
Copyright © Nucleus Medical Media, Inc.
Osteoarthritis is an extremely common ailment of aging. In fact, it’s the most common joint condition throughout the world.
There are about
million people with osteoarthritis in the US alone.
What are the risk factors for osteoarthritis?
What are the symptoms of osteoarthritis?
How is osteoarthritis diagnosed?
What are the treatments for osteoarthritis?
Are there screening tests for osteoarthritis?
How can I reduce my risk of osteoarthritis?
What questions should I ask my doctor?
What is it like to live with osteoarthritis?
Where can I get more information about osteoarthritis?
Last reviewed June 2013 by Michael Woods, MD
All EBSCO Publishing proprietary, consumer health and medical information found on this site is accredited by URAC. URAC's Health Web Site Accreditation Program requires compliance with 53 rigorous standards of quality and accountability, verified by independent audits. To send comments or feedback to our Editorial Team regarding the content please email us at
This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.
© 2013 Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
330 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA 02215
617-667-7000 | TDD: 800-439-0183 | Maps & Directions