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WHAT CAUSES HIP JOINT NARROWING WO OSTEOARTHRITIS

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WHAT CAUSES HIP JOINT NARROWING WO OSTEOARTHRITIS?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  JoshMD replied 8 years ago.
Hello,
The joint typically has some amount of cartilage (gristle) between the end of the bone and the joint socket. Part of the natural progression of osteoarthritis is a decrease in this protective cartilage. Your doctor can visualize this decreased cartilage on Xrays because the joint space begins to decrease.

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/osteoarthritis.html
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