When I explain a patient about the loss of Cartilage and Arthritis they’re at a loss and find it difficult to imagine or visualise the problem. This picture explains the problem in a simple way.
The above picture shows the white glistening Cartilage at the end of Bone responsible for smooth function. The picture down shows that there is loss of Cartilage with exposed bone. That’s what happens in Osteoarthritis. The smooth glistening Cartilage is destroyed due to wear and tear leading to pain, stiffness, difficulty in walking and later on deformity.