Montefiore New Rochelle Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Joint Solutions: Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis in the United States, affecting more than 25 million people. Often called “wear and tear” arthritis, osteoarthritis occurs when the protective cartilage that cushions bones wears down over time and causes pain, stiffness and inflammation. The condition is also referred to as degenerative joint disease or degenerative arthritis.
Certain factors increase the chances that a person will develop osteoarthritis, including:
- Aging. OA is a disease of aging, particularly affecting the elderly. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that more than one-third of adults over the age of 65 suffer from osteoarthritis.
- Joint Injuries resulting from accidents or sports. Injuries such as torn cartilage, dislocated joints and ligament injuries often lead to osteoarthritis. Consequently, young athletes who sustain sports-related injuries often develop osteoarthritis prematurely as adults.
- Obesity. The more body weight that you carry, the greater the stress on your weight-bearing joints. Excess pounds can also cause cartilage damage, which is the hallmark of osteoarthritis.
- Gender: Although the reason remains unclear, women are more likely to develop osteoarthritis, particularly after the age of 55.
- Heredity: People whose parents, grandparents and siblings have suffered with OA are more likely to have the condition.
- Congenital Bone Deformities. Those who are born with defective cartilage or malformed joints may be at greater risk for developing OA.
- An Occupational Hazard: If your job includes tasks that place repetitive stress on a particular joint (hands, knees, and hips are common joints affected by occupation-related OA) your chances increase.
- Certain Diseases, such as diabetes, underactive thyroid and Paget’s disease of bone can lead to osteoarthritis, as can other different forms of arthritis (gout and rheumatoid arthritis).
Partnering with You to Craft the Optimal Orthopaedic Solution
There is no cure for arthritis, the past few years have seen dramatic new ways to manage the pain, lack of mobility, and fatigue that are among its most disabling symptoms. Our orthopedists will work closely with you to determine the best course of action to slow the progression of the disease and increase your comfort levels and mobility.
We are experts at the surgical solutions that may be necessary if less aggressive treatments fail to sufficiently help you. We carefully take the following factors into consideration when crafting your treatment plan:
- Your age, overall health and medical history
- The severity of your disease
- Your tolerance for specific medications, procedures and therapies
At Joint Solutions we understand how difficult—at times even excruciating—living with osteoarthritis can be, and want to help.
Want more information about Joint Solutions at Montefiore New Rochelle? Please feel free to contact us with any questions at 914-365-3981. We look forward to hearing from you.