Diagnosed with being bone-on-bone?
Many patients are told that they have bone-on-bone changes in their joint. Sometimes this verbiage is used in error because the x-ray may be taken at an angle that appears to show bone-on-bone when in fact; x-rays taken at another angle might show a different picture.
However, even bone-on-bone, which means the cartilage surface has been worn off on both sides of the joint, is not necessarily a condition that requires a joint replacement. Sometimes a knee that is bone-on-bone can be treated with either partial joint replacement or grafting of the articular cartilage and replacement of the meniscus cartilage, depending on the findings.
Any joint that has cartilage can develop a bone-on-bone change, and there are effective treatments for re-growing repair tissue that can effectively delay the time in which replacement is required.