Microfractures and microcracks in subchondral bone: are they relevant to osteoarthrosis?

@article{Burr2003MicrofracturesAM,
  title={Microfractures and microcracks in subchondral bone: are they relevant to osteoarthrosis?},
  author={David B. Burr and Eric L. Radin},
  journal={Rheumatic diseases clinics of North America},
  year={2003},
  volume={29 4},
  pages={675-85}
}
The existing data are consistent with the view that reactivation of the secondary center of ossification and not the stiffening of the metaphyseal trabecular bone is a mechanism of cartilage loss in idiopathic OA. The stiffening of the subchondral calcified structures would appear to be etiologically incidental and, as the arthrotic process progresses, sometimes locally transient. It is also now clear that although the apparent density of the subchondral cortical plate increases because of… CONTINUE READING

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