Osteoarthritic knee, X-ray

Osteoarthritic knee, X-ray

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Caption: Osteoarthritis. Coloured X-ray of the knee of a patient suffering from osteoarthritis. This disease causes wasting of the cartilage that reduces friction between moving bones. The loss of the lubricating joint cartilage is seen as a narrowing of the space (red) in the joint. The bones (brown) forming the knee joint are the femur and tibia (upper and lower frame respectively). The narrow fibula (lower right) is also seen. Osteoarthritis causes pain and stiffness. Painkilling drugs can treat the pain, and weight loss reduces pressure on the joints. In serious cases the knee joints may be replaced surgically.

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