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What Is Osteoarthritis? Houston Ortho Doctor Explains.

Author: Rosemary Buckle, M.D.

Did you know that osteoarthritis is the most common form arthritis, a disease that affects half of all adults over the age of 65? However, osteoarthritis isn’t just common in older patients. Anyone can develop this disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that “almost 23% of overweight and 31% of obese US adults report doctor-diagnosed arthritis.” Additionally, the disease affects nearly one in three adults between the ages of 45 and 64.

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What is osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis, which also goes by “degenerative joint disease,” is a condition that occurs when cartilage in the joints wears away. Cartilage acts as a cushion between bones. When cartilage wears away, bones may rub together, causing joint pain. Osteoarthritis is one of many forms of arthritis.

What are the symptoms of osteoarthritis?

Symptoms of osteoarthritis may include…

  • Joint pain (especially during/after movement)
  • Tenderness
  • Stiff joints (especially in the morning or after sitting for a long time)
  • Grating sensation/sound in the joint
  • Loss of full range of motion

If you have noticed symptoms like these, consider taking our arthritis assessment to learn more.

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How is osteoarthritis diagnosed?

At Houston Institute for Sports Medicine & Orthopedics, your physician may perform a physical exam and test your range of motion. Your doctor may also ask questions about your personal medical history, family medical history, current medications and more. In some cases, an imaging test, such as an x-ray or MRI, may be ordered. Blood tests can also be helpful for ruling out other potential causes of joint pain.

What treatment options are available?

While there is no “cure” for osteoarthritis, symptoms may be managed through medication, therapy, surgery, injections and joint replacement (among other therapies). Everyone responds differently to different therapies. Also, not all patients are candidates for some treatments (such as hip and knee replacement surgery).

Additional Osteoarthritis Resources

View these resources to learn more about osteoarthritis…

See a Houston Orthopedic Doctor for Arthritis Care

If you have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis, you may wish to see an orthopedic physician in Houston for specialized care. Patients can schedule an appointment at Houston Institute for Sports Medicine & Orthopedics by calling (713) 756-5546. It’s also possible to request an appointment online. Don’t delay in getting the care you need for your osteoarthritis in Houston.

Please consult with your physician before undertaking any form of medical treatment or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines.