Osteochondrosis is a family of orthopedic diseases of the joint that occur in children and in rapidly growing animals, particularly pigs, horses, and dogs. They are characterized by interruption of the blood supply of a bone, in particular to the epiphysis, followed by localized bony necrosis, and later, regrowth of the bone. This disorder is defined as a focal disturbance of endochondral ossification and is regarded as having a multifactorial etiology, so no one thing accounts for all aspects of this disease. Today 40% to 80% of people suffer from osteochondrosis. This disease mainly affects people who are older than 30, but sometimes young people may experience its symptoms at the age of 15 to 20. Women are more succeptable to osteochondrosis than men, but men experience more acute pains.Read more on Wikipedia
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