Osteoarthritis as a disease of mechanics.

  title={Osteoarthritis as a disease of mechanics.},
  author={David T. Felson},
  journal={Osteoarthritis and cartilage},
  volume={21 1},
Mechanics means relating to or caused by movement or physical forces. In this paper, I shall contend that osteoarthritis (OA) is almost always caused by increased physical forces causing damage to a joint. While examples of joint injury causing OA are numerous, I shall contend that most or almost all OA is caused in part by mechanically induced injury to joint tissues. Further, once joint pathology has developed, as is the case for almost all clinical OA, pathomechanics overwhelms all other… CONTINUE READING
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