Diagnosed with Osteoarthritis? Trust Hoag.

Osteoarthritis affects more than 32.5 million people in the U.S. according to arthritis.org, occurring most often in those over 60. But pain doesn't have to be par for the course as you grow older. At Hoag Spine Center, we employ a whole-patient approach to osteoarthritis, utilizing not only world-class physicians and physical therapists, but also innovative approaches like yoga, flexibility training, core-strengthening and more. The result: less stiffness, shorter recovery time, and a more complete path to get you back to doing what you love with less pain.

Osteoarthritis Care at Hoag

According to the National Institutes of Health, osteoarthritis is the most common joint disorder in the U.S., with about 1 in 10 people over the age of 60 diagnosed. But just because osteoarthritis is common doesn't mean you have to hurt. With a robust, whole-body approach to diagnosing and treating arthritis of the neck and back, Hoag Spine Center is ready to help you make osteoarthritis an afterthought.

Common Questions

What is osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis (also known as degenerative joint disease or “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 in the body. This makes osteoarthritis of the spine, hips, and knees the most commonly diagnosed. Osteoarthritis is commonly diagnosed along with osteoporosis (the loss of bone mass).

How is osteoarthritis diagnosed?

Osteoarthritis is often diagnosed after a physical exam and X-rays of the affected joints. In some cases, your physician may also order additional tests to view a more detailed image of your spine, including an MRI or CT scan.

What are the risk factors for osteoarthritis?

Some risk factors are out of your control, but others are linked to lifestyle-related habits or behaviors. Common risk factors for osteoarthritis include: 

  • Older age
  • Family history
  • Obesity
  • Poor posture
  • Previous injuries
  • Repetitive trauma
  • Job-related activities
Common Questions

I’ve been diagnosed with osteoarthritis. Now What do I do?

You don’t have to hurt. When you need spine care in Orange County, trust Hoag. At Hoag, our fellowship-trained team of spine specialists is here to help get you back to doing the things that matter most. We’re committed to treating you like a person, not a chart. Hoag provides the latest technology and treatments, with minimally-invasive techniques designed to help you recover quicker with less pain. Meet the Hoag Spine Center Team.

What treatments are available for osteoarthritis?

Treatment options for osteoarthritis include lifestyle changes, physical therapy, pain management and surgery. Your doctor might prescribe certain osteoarthritis and osteoporosis medications to increase and maintain your bone density. Your doctor will also make recommendations for lifestyle changes to lower your risk of a fracture or injury. Surgery may be necessary for certain injuries, such as spinal fractures caused by osteoarthritis.

Services Offered

Minimally-invasive robotic spinal surgery at Hoag

When your spine is on the line, trust Hoag for spine surgery. Hoag was the first hospital on the West Coast to offer the Mazor X Stealth™ advanced robotic navigation platform for spinal surgery. Combining 3D pre-operative planning tools with robotic precision, the system provides surgeons with advanced visualization of your body’s unique internal structures, and you with the great chance to come back strong from back surgery. Learn more about advanced robotic surgery at Hoag.

Award-Winning Care for the Spine at Hoag

There’s a reason why U.S. News and World Report’s 2022-2023 list of top hospitals ranked Hoag as High Performing — their top distinction — in neurology, neurosurgery and spinal fusion. A higher standard of care. Accurate diagnosis for more successful treatment. A multidisciplinary team of spine-care specialists who are committed to seeing you heal. That’s spinal care at Hoag. Read an essay about a real Hoag patient’s spine-care journey.

Confused about your condition? Trust Hoag Nurse Navigators

Facing a health issue that could involve surgery can be confusing for anyone. That’s why the Hoag Spine Center offers our unique Nurse Navigator program. These trained nurses are there for you, both as a guide and a resource for medically-accurate information about your unique diagnosis. It’s one more way Hoag is here for you through your journey as a patient, every step of the way. Get started with our spine nurse navigator.

Common Questions

What is osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis (also known as degenerative joint disease or “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 in the body. This makes osteoarthritis of the spine, hips, and knees the most commonly diagnosed. Osteoarthritis is commonly diagnosed along with osteoporosis (the loss of bone mass).

How is osteoarthritis diagnosed?

Osteoarthritis is often diagnosed after a physical exam and X-rays of the affected joints. In some cases, your physician may also order additional tests to view a more detailed image of your spine, including an MRI or CT scan.

What are the risk factors for osteoarthritis?

Some risk factors are out of your control, but others are linked to lifestyle-related habits or behaviors. Common risk factors for osteoarthritis include: 

  • Older age
  • Family history
  • Obesity
  • Poor posture
  • Previous injuries
  • Repetitive trauma
  • Job-related activities

Common Questions

I’ve been diagnosed with osteoarthritis. Now What do I do?

You don’t have to hurt. When you need spine care in Orange County, trust Hoag. At Hoag, our fellowship-trained team of spine specialists is here to help get you back to doing the things that matter most. We’re committed to treating you like a person, not a chart. Hoag provides the latest technology and treatments, with minimally-invasive techniques designed to help you recover quicker with less pain. Meet the Hoag Spine Center Team.

What treatments are available for osteoarthritis?

Treatment options for osteoarthritis include lifestyle changes, physical therapy, pain management and surgery. Your doctor might prescribe certain osteoarthritis and osteoporosis medications to increase and maintain your bone density. Your doctor will also make recommendations for lifestyle changes to lower your risk of a fracture or injury. Surgery may be necessary for certain injuries, such as spinal fractures caused by osteoarthritis.

Services Offered

Minimally-invasive robotic spinal surgery at Hoag

When your spine is on the line, trust Hoag for spine surgery. Hoag was the first hospital on the West Coast to offer the Mazor X Stealth™ advanced robotic navigation platform for spinal surgery. Combining 3D pre-operative planning tools with robotic precision, the system provides surgeons with advanced visualization of your body’s unique internal structures, and you with the great chance to come back strong from back surgery. Learn more about advanced robotic surgery at Hoag.

Award-Winning Care for the Spine at Hoag

There’s a reason why U.S. News and World Report’s 2022-2023 list of top hospitals ranked Hoag as High Performing — their top distinction — in neurology, neurosurgery and spinal fusion. A higher standard of care. Accurate diagnosis for more successful treatment. A multidisciplinary team of spine-care specialists who are committed to seeing you heal. That’s spinal care at Hoag. Read an essay about a real Hoag patient’s spine-care journey.

Confused about your condition? Trust Hoag Nurse Navigators

Facing a health issue that could involve surgery can be confusing for anyone. That’s why the Hoag Spine Center offers our unique Nurse Navigator program. These trained nurses are there for you, both as a guide and a resource for medically-accurate information about your unique diagnosis. It’s one more way Hoag is here for you through your journey as a patient, every step of the way. Get started with our spine nurse navigator.