Osteoarthritis is a form of arthritis that commonly affects the joints in the knees, hips, hands, and spine. It is characterized by degeneration of the protective cartilage that cushions the ends of bones. This degeneration causes the bones to rub directly against each other, creating pain, stiffness, and loss of movement. Osteoarthritis is the single most prevalent form of arthritis with an estimated 27 million Americans living with the disease today.
The onset of osteoarthritis is typically gradual, and it most commonly begins after the age of 40. If you are looking for osteoarthritis treatment, contact Beverly Hills osteoarthritis specialist Dr. Susan Baker at (310) 274-7770.
- Pain during or after joint movement
- Tenderness in the joint
- Stiffness in the joint
- Loss of joint flexibility
- Rubbing or grating feeling in the joint
- Development of bone spurs around the joint
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Osteoarthritis results when the cushioning cartilage at the ends of the bones deteriorates over time. When this happens, the cartilage becomes rough and may eventually disappear altogether, leaving bone rubbing on bone. While the exact cause of osteoarthritis is unknown, a number of factors can cause certain individuals to be at higher risk. The most common among these is age. Women are also more likely to develop osteoarthritis than men. Additionally, those who are obese or work jobs that put repetitive stress on a particular joint develop osteoarthritis in higher numbers. Joint injury can also increase the risk. Some people have genetic bone deformities or other diseases that raise their chances of developing osteoarthritis.
- Physical therapy
- Weight control
- Joint protection
If these treatments prove inadequate, patients might need to consider further options. These osteoarthritis management options include cortisone and lubrication shots to treat the pain and help lubricate the joint. A Beverly Hills rheumatologist may also suggest osteotomy, a bone realignment procedure, or joint replacement surgery.
Frequently Asked Questions
Find more answers on our dedicated FAQ page.
Q: Will physical activity make my condition worse?
Q: Do I need surgery?
Q: What kinds of tests are done to diagnose this condition?
Q: What can I do to prevent this?
Q: What is the difference between osteoarthritis and osteoporosis?
Contact a Specialist Today
If you suffer from osteoarthritis or think you might, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Baker in Los Angeles for treatment. In addition to being Board certified in both rheumatology and internal medicine, she has also won variety of awards, including the “Patient’s Choice Award” and the “Most Compassionate Doctor” award. Call our LA office today at (310) 274-7770 or contact us online to set up an appointment.
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