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You don’t say? Can your joints wear out?
Some people think their joints eventually wear out like car tires, and the more you use them, the faster they wear down until, one day, they need replacement. But joints don’t work like Michelins.
This false comparison probably arises because osteoarthritis — the most common type of arthritis — is often described as "wear and tear" arthritis, which is misleading.
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Living Well with Osteoarthritis: A guide to relieving the pain and caring for your joints
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