Is there anyone who has been told by a GP or physiotherapist that osteoarthritis is not "wear and tear"? It is, in my opinion, a dismissive and inaccurate term.
While initial damage might be physical, according to more modern research further catabolic degradation of cartilage is caused by inflammatory cytokines etc. The current treatment is mechanical joint replacement for a problem that is mostly biochemical.
Has anyone had experience of treatments that promote cartilage regeneration? E.g. microfracture, stem cell therapy, chondrocyte implantation.
There are also economic arguments favouring regenerative therapies compared to surgery such as joint replacement and so perhaps patients and organisations should be campaigning for more speedy research into these treatments?