Cartilage could be described as the unsung hero of the musculoskeletal system. In all of the body’s joints, it provides the smooth, gliding surface that cushions what would otherwise be bone-on-bone contact. With every step, twist, jump and bend, we benefit from the fact that cartilage exists in our joints and is doing its job.
Of course, pain is the primary and most commonly reported symptom of degenerative joint disease. That pain is usually worse after activity, but in some cases, it even keeps patients awake at night. If you or someone you love is suffering from this condition, you’re not alone. Consider the following 5 facts.
Caused by the gradual breakdown of cartilage, degenerative joint disease, or osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis.
The condition affects over 25 million Americans (that’s 14% of all adults).
Patients over the age of 65 are much more likely to suffer from osteoarthritis. At this age, the percentage of adults affected jumps from 14% to nearly 33%.
This condition usually occurs in the knees, spine and hands.
Degenerative joint disease is one of the ten most disabling diseases in developed countries.
Contact Nagler Foot Center at 713-529-1010 or visit to schedule an appointment with Houston podiatrist, Sherman Nagler D.P.M., FACFAS.