What Is Osteoarthritis?

What Is Osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis affects millions of people around the world. It is the most common type of arthritis.

The ends of your bones have a protective, cartilage covering at the joints. When that cartilage wears down, the bones can grind together at the joint. This can cause severe inflammation and swelling, as well as stiffness and loss of mobility at the joint.

Osteoarthritis can happen at any joint in your body. However, it is most common in hand, knee, hip and spine joints.

Symptoms of osteoarthritis can be treated with medications which help to manage pain and inflammation, but damage to the cartilage cannot be reversed. You can slow the progression of osteoarthritis by staying active and controlling our weight.

When osteoarthritis becomes more than you can handle with simple medications, it might be time to consider surgery at Joint Replacement Center by Ortomedica. Our highly experienced and professional staff can help you in every step of decision making, all the way through the surgery and physical therapy. We’ll have you up and moving again in no time. And, with the vast majority of patients experiencing dramatic improvements after their recovery, your increased mobility will greatly improve your quality of life!

 

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