Osteoarthritis Symptoms and Treatment
Osteoarthritis (commonly known as “wear and tear arthritis”) is the most common type of arthritis. It is associated with a breakdown of cartilage in the joints. It can occur in almost any joint in the body, although it most commonly occurs in the weight bearing joints of the hips, knees and spine.
Symptoms: Osteoarthritis symptoms often develop gradually and include: joint aches and soreness, especially with movement; pain after overuse (or after long periods of inactivity); stiffness after periods of rest and joint swelling.
Treatment: Osteoarthritis is usually managed with a combination of treatments, including exercise, weight loss (if needed), medications, physical therapy, removal of joint fluid, and use of supportive devices. Surgery may be necessary to relieve severe pain when other treatment options have not been effective.
A comprehensive treatment program for Osteoarthritis is offered by Hoag’s Spine Neurosurgery program.