One of the most common forms of the 100+ types of arthritis, osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease – also called “wear and tear” arthritis. It affects over 20 million Americans, becoming more common as we age.
Osteoarthritis is the result of when the protective cushion of cartilage covering the ends of the bones breaks down and wears away. This can cause irritation, joint stiffness, and pain. Although osteoarthritis can affect any joint, it arises most often in the hands, spine, and large weight-bearing joints such as the knees or hips.
Hip pain can be completely debilitating, getting in the way of basic daily tasks. If arthritis, a fracture, or other conditions have damaged your hip, common activities like walking, getting in and out or chair, or putting on your shoes and socks may become difficult. Because the hip is one of the body’s largest weight-bearing joints, it is at extra risk of developing some sort of condition. Replacing your damaged hip joint with an artificial joint can alleviate pain, increase your range of motion, and help you get back to enjoying life.
Hip pain can be misleading, however, and it is important to consult with your doctor or orthopedic surgeon. Hip-related issues may actually be felt in the middle of your thigh, or groin, while pain in your hip may actually be the result of back problems.
The most common causes include:
As one of the largest and most active joints in the body, the knee is the source of most orthopedic problems. Over 90% of people who receive total knee replacements see a dramatic reduction of knee pain, and significant improvement in the ability to perform daily tasks.
Overuse, poor form during physical activity, skipping warm up or cool down, or inadequate stretching can result in knee pain. While some simple causes of knee pain get better on their own, more extreme cases will require medical care. Being overweight can put you at greater risk for knee problems.
Common causes include:
Whether you and your doctor decide to treat you with non-invasive methods or surgery, our goals of treatment are always the same: reduce joint pain and stiffness, and increase joint mobility.