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Orthopedics and Traumatology


Osteoarthritis is a disease that affects the joints in the body.


Osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative joint disease, is a common condition affecting millions worldwide. The wearing down of cartilage, the soft tissue that cushions the joints, is a typical characteristic of Osteoarthritis, which can result in pain, stiffness, and even disability.

What is Osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis is a disease that affects the joints in the body. As the cartilage wears away, bones may rub against each other, causing pain and stiffness. Although it can affect any joint, it is most common in the knees, hips, spine, and hands.

What are the symptoms of Osteoarthritis?

Symptoms of Osteoarthritis can vary from person to person, but the most common include:

  • Joint pain and stiffness, particularly after periods of inactivity or at the end of the day.

  • Loss of flexibility in the joint.

  • A sensation of grinding, cracking, or grating in the joint when moving.

  • Swelling in the joint.

The Orthopedist plays a crucial role in managing this condition by providing an accurate diagnosis and an effective treatment plan. Diagnosis is carried out through a physical examination and the patient's medical history. X-rays and other imaging tests may also help confirm the diagnosis.

What are the causes of Osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis is caused by the wearing down of cartilage that cushions joints. This wear and tear can result from several factors, including:

  • Age

  • Joint injuries

  • Genetic factors

  • Obesity

  • Inflammatory diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis

Treatment for Osteoarthritis

Although there is no cure for Osteoarthritis, treatments are available that your Orthopedist can recommend to help alleviate symptoms and improve your quality of life. These may include:

  • Medications to relieve pain and inflammation.

  • Physical therapy to enhance strength and flexibility.

  • Lifestyle changes, such as weight loss and regular exercise.

  • In severe cases, surgery may be an option to replace or repair damaged joints.

Can Osteoarthritis be prevented?

Preventing Osteoarthritis relies on maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Regular physical activity, a balanced diet, injury prevention, and maintaining a healthy weight are essential steps to prevent Osteoarthritis.

At BlueNetHospitals, the Orthopedic team is committed to providing warm and professional care for patients with Osteoarthritis. We work with each patient to develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to their individual needs and goals.

If you or a loved one is dealing with Osteoarthritis, do not hesitate to contact us. The Orthopedic team is here to help you manage your condition and improve your quality of life. You can schedule an appointment with us at BlueNetHospitals. We are here to help you live a healthier and more comfortable life.

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