Cartilage, Joints, and the Aging Process: What You Need to Know – Healthline
Cartilage cushions the ends of your bones and allows them to move smoothly and easily against each other.
A membrane called the synovium surrounds your joints and produces a thick fluid that helps keep your cartilage healthy.
Your synovium can become inflamed and thickened as wear and tear on your cartilage occurs. This may lead to inflammation and cause extra fluid to build up within your joints, resulting in swelling.
The joints most commonly affected by OA are your:
As cartilage further deteriorates,…