Arthritis and Joint Replacement
Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common type of degenerative joint disease. OA occurs most frequently in the knees, hips and hands. It is often referred to as ‘wear and tear’ that effects the cartilage in the joints. The cartilage acts as a shock absorber and as an articulating surface between the bones in the joint. With age, our joints will pick up degenerative changes and these changes can be more symptomatic in some more than others. The severity of your symptoms will guide which treatment options are most appropriate for you. Optimal management requires a variety of treatments and depending on the severity of the condition may require surgical intervention. Surgery is reserved for severe clinical disease with structural changes in the joint.