Most people find osteoarthritis to be a nuisance that eventually
becomes significant enough to affect their daily activities. And sometimes
there are more serious complications.
Possible complications of
- Rapid, complete breakdown of
cartilage resulting in loose tissue material in the
- Bone death
fractures (hairline crack in the bone that develops
gradually in response to repeated injury or stress).
inside the joint.
- Infection in the joint.
or rupture of the tendons and ligaments around the joint, leading to loss of
- Pinched nerve (in osteoarthritis of the spine).
|By: ||Healthwise Staff ||Last Revised: April 9, 2013|
|Medical Review: ||Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine|
Stanford M. Shoor, MD - Rheumatology