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Loose Bodies in the Knee - Osteochondritis Dissecans

Sometimes small amounts of bone or cartilage come loose in the knee and float around the joint. There are a number of reasons why this can happen. You may have damaged a blood vessel through injury, and part of the bone and joint has come away. You may have Osteoarthritis where particles of the bone have come loose. You may have chipped part(s) of a bone, again from an old injury. Or parts of the lining of the joint crumble and become hardened.

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Tags: Joints, Knees, Loose Bodies in the Knee - Osteochondritis Dissecans, Osteoarthritis, Sports Injuries


Osteoarthritis is a condition most people are likely to suffer from, if they live long enough. It is simply part of the wear and tear of living. What happens is that the lining of your joints, once hard and shiny and an excellent gliding surface, begins to wear, crack and erode until the lining is gone and bone rubs directly off bone. Instead of the once smooth joint, the friction causes the bones to wear. Then the body responds automatically by trying to grow new layers of bone to replace the missing cartilage.

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Tags: Whole Body, Upper Body, Neck & Shoulder, Arms and Legs, Joints, Lower Body, Ligaments, Tendons, Muscles, Back pain, Osteoarthritis

Ankylosing Spondylitis

Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) is a condition that causes the body to attack itself. The lining of the joints is the first to be affected becoming hot and swollen, with the protective coverings of the joints and ligaments being worn down. It starts with the bottom of the back and eventually the joints fuse. This means that there is no movement in them and you become stiff. The pain moves upwards and the amount you can move your back or neck is greatly reduced.

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Tags: Upper Body, Neck & Shoulder, Back - Upper, Back - Lower, Arms and Legs, Joints, Lower Body, Ligaments, Ankylosing Spondylitis


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