Osteoarthritic knee

Osteoarthritic knee

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Credit: JOHN BAVOSI/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Osteoarthritis of knee. Illustration of a front view of a human left knee joint affected by osteoarthritis. The knee cap (patella) has been removed. The cartilage (white) at the end of the thigh bone (femur, at top) has worn away in patches. Irregular bony outgrowths, called osteophytes, have grown at the top of the shin bone (tibia). The fibrous white tissues are tendons and ligaments, which hold muscles and bones together inside joints. Osteoarthritis results from wear and tear of joints. It is most common in the elderly and obese. Deterioration of joints causes pain, stiffness and lack of mobility. Treatment includes drugs and surgery.

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Keywords: art, arthritic, arthritis, artwork, cartilage, condition, disease, disorder, elderly, healthcare, illness, illustration, joint, joint disease, knee, knee joint, leg, medical, medicine, old age, osteo-, osteo-arthritis, osteoarthritis, osteophyte

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