Joint arthritis (osteoarthritis) is a condition that occurs when the glass-like surface on the ends of your bones wears down. This glass-like surface is the reason our joints move so smoothly when they are healthy, but as it wears the movement isn’t so smooth, and can become painful. This can happen over a life-time, or can occur after a significant trauma to a joint.
There is no cure for osteoarthritis but staying active, maintaining a healthy weight and use of some anti-inflammatory medications may help improve the pain and stiffness associated with osteoarthritis.
Common symptoms of osteoarthritis include:
- Stiffness or loss of motion
- Grating sensation
- Bone spurs
Total joint replacement is a very good surgical option for joint arthritis. If you are living with joint pain and stiffness associated with arthritis the best approach is to make an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon to discuss the stage of your arthritis and what joint replacement surgery is all about. The total joint surgeons at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center specialize in –
- Total Hip Replacement (anterior and posterior approaches)
- Shoulder Replacement
- Reverse Shoulder Replacement