Osteoarthritis (OA) affects both the articular cartilage and the subchondral bone. It is a complicated disease, associated with conditions varying from obesity and strenuous exercise to joint malalignment, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury, and even metabolic bone diseases. Patients suffer from chronic joint pain and limitation of motion, and no cure is yet available. For many years, medical therapies have been focused on cartilage, because bone changes were thought not to play a major role in the OA disease process. However, it has been shown that bone changes occur in an early stage of OA, and that alterations to subchondral bone can lead to cartilage degeneration . Therefore, currently the bone is considered as a therapeutic target as well.
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Mechanoregulated Bone Remodeling May Explain Bone Structural Changes Observed in Osteoarthritis
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Cox, LGE, van Donkelaar, CC, van Rietbergen, B, & Ito, K. "Mechanoregulated Bone Remodeling May Explain Bone Structural Changes Observed in Osteoarthritis." Proceedings of the ASME 2010 Summer Bioengineering Conference. ASME 2010 Summer Bioengineering Conference, Parts A and B. Naples, Florida, USA. June 16–19, 2010. pp. 507-508. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/SBC2010-19583
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