If you suffer from knee or hip pain, it's possible you have arthritis. Arthritis is caused by the deterioration of cartilage in the joint. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Osteoarthritis is progressive, degenerative disease in which the cartilage of the knee or hip slowly wears away. Cartilage serves as insulation between the bones of the joint. When the cartilage of the joint wears away, the resulting pain and inflammation can be debilitating. Your chances of osteoarthritis increases with age; the illness most often affects middle-aged and older individuals. Osteoarthritis may first appear between the ages of 30 and 40, though symptoms may be present in the early stages as early as the teens and 20s. By the age of 70, most individuals will have some amount of osteoarthritis. Though less common than osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis is among the most debilitating of the over one hundred forms of arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis usually develops in middle age, but may occur in the 20s or 30s.
In the early stages of osteoarthritis, treatment may involve several techniques. Behavioral and lifestyle changes, including losing weight and avoiding painful situations, can be effective in relieving pain. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as naproxen sodium may also provide relief from pain, as well as Cox-2 inhibitors. Physical therapy may improve strength and joint mobility, reducing the symptoms of osteoarthritis in the joints. Your joints work hard during your daily routine, and arthritis of the knee or hip can make it painful to perform normal tasks. If your arthritis is severe, you may begin to experience pain even when you're sitting down or trying to sleep.
What are the symptoms of arthritis?
Pain in or around joint
Pain with activity
Inability to walk or sleep comfortably
Sometimes a total joint replacement of the knee or hip is the only option for reducing pain and restoring normal activity level. If you and your physician decide a total knee replacement is right for you, please call us at (520) 742-9900 to discuss a possible new patient appointment.