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Role of Subchondral Cyst in Degenerative Arthritis

Subchondral CystOsteoarthritis is a degenerative form of joint disease that is mostly seen in older patients or patients with sport or other injuries. Degenerative arthritis does not have a symmetrical character, meaning that very rarely both joints are affected on the legs or arms.

Over time joint cartilage becomes thinner, loses its density and flexibility resulting in joint inflammation, pain and stiffness. Once the process of cartilage break down is initiated, it causes increased blood flow to the affected joint as body is trying to mend itself.Subchondral cyst is formed as a result of that. That is one of the most definite symptoms at the beginning stages of osteoarthritis and could be normally seen on x-rays.