Bone and cartilage in osteoarthritis: is what's best for one good or bad for the other?

Arthritis Res Ther. 2010;12(5):143. doi: 10.1186/ar3135. Epub 2010 Oct 19.


The interest in the relationship between articular cartilage and the structural and functional properties of peri-articular bone relates to the intimate contact that exists between these tissues in joints that are susceptible to the development of osteoarthritis (OA). The demonstration in several animal models that osteoporosis and decreased bone tissue modulus leads to an increased propensity for the development of post-traumatic OA is paradoxical in light of the extensive epidemiological literature indicating that individuals with high systemic bone mass, assessed by bone mineral density, are at increased risk for OA. These observations underscore the need for further studies to define the pathophysiological mechanisms involved in the interaction between subchondral bone and articular cartilage and for applying this information to the development of therapeutic interventions to improve the outcomes in patients with OA.

Publication types

  • Comment
  • Editorial

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Bone and Bones / physiopathology*
  • Cartilage, Articular / physiopathology*
  • Humans
  • Osteoarthritis / physiopathology*
  • Osteoporosis / physiopathology