Diagnosing arthritis involves a physical exam, symptom history, and x-ray exams. You and your surgeon will mutually decide on conservative management versus more aggressive surgical treatment such as total joint arthroplasty (replacement).
- The most common form of arthritis and often called the "wear and tear" arthritis.
- Joint lining becomes pitted, eroded, uneven...and painful.
- Bone spurs, or osteophytes, often form around the joint.
- The common activities of daily living become limited by extreme pain.
- Most of the people who have osteoarthritis are older than age 45, and women are more commonly affected than men.
Symptoms of Arthritis
- The main symptom of osteoarthritis is PAIN.
- You may feel pain during movement and even at rest.
- Your joints may also be stiff and swollen, and you may even experience a loss of range of movement in the joint.
- The symptoms of osteoarthritis may interfere with your normal activities, such as walking and dressing, and they may also disrupt your sleep.
- Exercise and Weight Control
- Joint Fluid Therapy
- Joint debris may cause inflammation and pain. In certain cases of arthritis, arthroscopy may be recommended to remove the debris and provide pain relief.
- When all other treatment options have been exhausted and pain still significantly interrupts daily activities, total joint replacement may be recommended.
Surgery - Total Knee Replacement
With your total knee replacement surgery, the damaged parts of your knee that need repair will be removed and replaced with metal and plastic implants.
Surgery - Total Hip Replacement
With your total hip replacement surgery, the damaged parts of your joint that need repair will be removed and replaced with metal and plastic implants.
It is important to understand the symptoms of arthritis, treatment options, and finally consideration of surgery. Please call and schedule an appointment to discuss your personalized plan of care.