Definition: Degenerative joint disease (D.J.D.) or Osteoarthritis is a degeneration of the joint surface resulting from wear and tear over many years. This process usually manifests itself after age 50, however, it may begin sooner if there is a history of injury to the joint. The cartilage surfaces, known as articular or hyaline cartilage, deteriorate by softening fissuring, fragmenting and finally dissolving away. The underlying exposed bone is then subjected to greatly increased stress resulting in pain, swelling and gradual loss of joint functi
Hyaluronic Acid is a chemical that is found in human synovial fluid and hyaline cartilage. Recently, this compound has been made available in injectible form for the treatment of mild to moderate osteoarthritis of the knee. It is derived from rooster combs and processed into a
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