What are the Complications of Osteoarthritis?
by: Arlene Gentallan
What are the Complications of Osteoarthritis?Effects of osteoarthritis is confined mainly to joints, it does not usually involve other organs. Complications arise as result of cartilage destruction.
• Permanent immobility
Progression of the disease, especially with improper management, ultimately leads to complete articular cartilage destruction leading to pain and immobility of the affected joint.
• Disfiguring deformity
Enlargement of the joint periphery due to bone spur formation (osteophyte) alters the normal shape of the joint. This may curve and twist the linear orientation of a joint. In cases where major weight-bearing joints are affected, this can have a serious impact on posture and balance.