Affecting more than 32.5 million adults in the United States, osteoarthritis (OA) is a degenerative joint disease that affects the many tissues of the affected joint.
Commonly known as a “wear and tear” condition, osteoarthritis was associated with aging; however, we now know much more about this degenerative joint disease that affects the entire joint. This includes everything from the fat and tissues lining the joint (synovium) to the ligaments, cartilage, and bone.
Any of your joints can be affected by osteoarthritis; however, knees, hips, hands, lower back, and neck joints are the most common. The signs typically show up in adults over 50, but younger people can be affected as well, especially if there was a prior joint injury, such as a torn meniscus or ACL. While it typically develops over time, if you have sustained an injury, it can progress rapidly over just a few years.
The following lists just a few factors that can lead to someone developing degenerative osteoarthritis:
- Injury to one of your joints
- Overusing a joint in sports or on the job
- Excessive weight on your joints
- Not enough muscle tone to support your body’s alignment
- It’s in your genes
Seeing our orthopedic surgeons for degenerative osteoarthritis management can be beneficial for several reasons:
#1 Specialized Orthopedic Expertise
Our orthopedic surgeons, also called orthopedic specialists, specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of joints, bones, muscles, and related structures in your body, including degenerative osteoarthritis. In addition to surgical options, there are also non-surgical treatment options available that our specialists can recommend that can provide long-lasting treatment for osteoarthritis.
Since osteoarthritis is not an inevitable disease and there are over 100 types of arthritis, it is important to ensure that you get a proper diagnosis from one of our orthopedic surgeons in Jacksonville, FL. We have specific training and expertise in diagnosing and treating conditions like degenerative osteoarthritis.
#2 Comprehensive Evaluation
Our orthopedic surgeons will conduct a thorough evaluation of your condition, including a detailed medical history, a physical examination, and, if necessary, imaging studies such as X-rays or MRI scans. This comprehensive assessment helps our orthopedic specialists determine the extent of your joint damage and formulate an appropriate treatment plan for you. At OrthoEdge, you will always be seen by a physician; we do not use ARNPs or PAs.
#3 Degenerative Osteoarthritis Treatment Options
Our orthopedic surgeons are familiar with a wide range of treatment options for degenerative osteoarthritis. These treatments may include non-surgical interventions, including medications, physical therapy, and/or lifestyle modifications. When these kinds of conservative measures are insufficient, we can also discuss and perform surgical interventions if necessary.
#4 Orthopedic Surgical Expertise is Necessary
In cases where conservative measures fail to provide relief, our orthopedic surgeons can perform various surgical procedures to address the joint(s) affected by degenerative osteoarthritis. This may include joint debridement, osteotomy, arthroscopy, or joint replacement surgery, depending on the severity and location of the arthritis. Learn more about knee replacement surgeries and hip replacement surgeries on our website.
#5 Rehabilitation and Follow-Up After Surgery
Our orthopedic surgeons can coordinate with your rehabilitation specialists to ensure a comprehensive approach to recovery after surgery. We will guide you through the postoperative rehabilitation process and monitor your progress during your follow-up appointments at OrthoEdge.
#6 Patient Education
Patient education is our top priority. Our orthopedic surgeons will educate you about degenerative osteoarthritis, explaining the progression of osteoarthritis, available treatment options, and preventive measures. This knowledge will empower you to actively participate in your care at OrthoEdge and make informed decisions about your treatments.
It’s important to note that while orthopedic surgeons play a crucial role in managing osteoarthritis, collaborative care involving other healthcare professionals such as rheumatologists, physical therapists, and pain management specialists may also be beneficial, depending on your specific needs.
Our Orthopedic Surgeons in Jacksonville, FL Treat Degenerative Osteoarthritis at Every Stage
If you think you might have degenerative osteoarthritis, it’s never too early to see a specialist. In our effort to provide effective, and long-lasting relief, our orthopedic surgeons can evaluate your condition to ensure we explore all noninvasive treatment options first, while also developing a long-term treatment plan customized for you.
Don’t let degenerative osteoarthritis stop you from doing what you love.
Regain Your Edge.