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Joint disease. Hands of an elderly woman suffering from arthrosis, also known as degenerative joint disease or osteoarthrosis. Arthrosis is a progressive condition causing damage to the cartilage and bones of a joint. It can affect many different joints in the body. Risk factors are obesity, aging and the menopause. Activities involving repetitive movements can also lead to arthrosis. Treatment is with anti-inflammatory drugs and, in severe cases, surgery.
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