Osteoarthritis is a condition in which the cartilage that protects
and cushions joints breaks down over time. Eventually, the bones, formerly
separated by cartilage, rub against each other. This results in damage to the
tissue and bone, which causes the painful joint symptoms of
The joint space in this hip joint is narrowed due to cartilage
loss and bone spur formation.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerAnne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerStanford M. Shoor, MD - Rheumatology