-Joints that are sore and ache, especially after periods of activity
-Pain that develops after overuse or when joints are inactive for long periods of time
-Loss of range of motion
Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis. It is also known as the “garden variety arthritis” and affects nearly 21 million Americans. As we age, the chances of developing osteoarthritis increase, though the severity of the disease is different for everyone. People in early stages of life can also develop some form of osteoarthritis.
Osteoarthritis breaks down the cartilage in joints and can occur in almost any joint in the body, though it occurs most often in the hips, knees, and spine. Cartilage the cushion that covers the ends of bones in normal joints and helps provide protection so those bones don’t rub together. It also serves as a shock absorber as wear and tear occurs in the joints after years of use.
There are several factors that increase a person’s chances of developing osteoarthritis including family history, obesity, injuries like fractures in the joint, previous surgeries where cartilage was removed from a joint , and overuse. The aging process, as well as ordinary wear and tear, is the most frequent reason.
The knee joint is divided into three specific areas, called “compartments.” We have found over half of all of our patients with knee arthritis have the disease confined to only one compartment of the knee. This leaves the remaining parts of the knee functional and not in need of surgical intervention.
If you are experiencing some of these symptoms and or have any questions about these symptoms, please call our office today and we’ll be glad to talk with you.
Phone: (317) 455-1064