Will Long Term Prednisone Use Cause Osteoarthritis?

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Definition

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common joint disorder.


Alternative Names

Hypertrophic osteoarthritis; Osteoarthrosis; Degenerative joint disease; DJD; OA; Arthritis - osteoarthritis


Causes, incidence, and risk factors

Osteoarthritis is caused by 'wear and tear' on a joint.

  • Cartilage is the firm, rubbery tissue that cushions your bones at the joints, and allows bones to glide over one another.
  • Cartilage can break down and wear away. As a result, the bones rub together, causing pain,...
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