What is the difference between traumatic arthritis and degenerative arthritis?

Traumatic arthritis is a curable form of arthritis.It does not necessarily lasts forever. There is an inflammation of the joint, which is a part of the body’s reaction to injury. Traumatic arthritis is sometimes considered a secondary osteoarthritis.

Trauma can cause damage to the articular cartilage. Because of this, the cartilage is weakened and cannot withstand the stress. The articular cartilage layer begins to break down

Primary osteoarthritis is mostly related to aging. With aging, the water content of the cartilage increases and the protein makeup of cartilage degenerates. Repetitive use of the joints over the years causes damage to the cartilage that leads to joint pain and swelling. Eventually, cartilage begins to degenerate by flaking or forming tiny crevasses. In advanced cases, there is a total loss of the cartilage cushion between the bones of the joints. Loss of cartilage cushion causes friction between the bones, leading to pain and limitation of joint mobility. Damage to the cartilage can also stimulate new bone outgrowths (spurs) to form around the joints. Osteoarthritis occasionally can be found in multiple members of the same family, implying an heredity (genetic) basis for this condition. Rarely, some of these hereditary cases of osteoarthritis are caused by defects in collagen, which is an important component of cartilage.