Searles, Robert Rheumatology Division, University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
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Local or generalized conditions that affect the joints and related tissues. About one person in 16 who is over 15 years old has some form of joint disturbance. The most common conditions are forms of arthritis, which cause the inflammation or degeneration of joint structures. These may follow specific infections, injury, generalized disease states, or degenerative changes which largely parallel the aging processes in the body.
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