What is Osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis is also called degenerative arthritis or ware-and -tear arthritis. Cartilage, a layer of smooth tissue, breaks down and begins to crack. As the bones rub together, they become rough and pitted. This wears down the socket. When this process occurs, it is common for movement to become difficult and painful.

What Causes Osteoarthritis?

It is not fully understood what causes joint cartilage to break down but doctors know that it is more common as you get older or by being overweight. Sometimes, a major injury to a joint can result in arthritis that progresses over the years following that injury. If you find that you are having trouble with your daily routine due to joint pain, you should contact your doctor and make an appointment.

What are my options if I have Osteoarthritis?

Your doctor can easily determine that you have arthritis by a series of questions and by reviewing an XRAY . Once it has been determined that you have osteoarthritis, there are many treatment options. Some patients prefer conservative treatment such as over the counter pain reliever and physical therapy. If this does not work, your doctor may consider giving you an injection of pain medicine. It can help the pain sometimes for a few days to a few months. If this does not help, your doctor may discuss your surgical options.