Dealing with the Ache: Osteoarthritis Causes and Treatments

Jun 20, 2015 @ 09:00 AM — by Aron D Rovner, MD 
Tagged with: Arthritis | Back Pain | Neck Pain |

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition that affects millions of people worldwide, causing them to experience discomfort in their hands, knees, elbows, and hips, as well as often excruciating back pain. It is the most common type of arthritis, with nearly 30 million people suffering from the condition in the United States alone. Although the discomfort associated with osteoarthritis can be managed, and there are treatments available to help people cope with the symptoms of osteoarthritis, there is no cure for the condition. Over time, the disease will only become worse.

However, it is possible to remain active and maintain a high quality of life despite having osteoarthritis, as patients of New York Spine and Sports Surgery have discovered. Led by acclaimed orthopedic surgeon Aron D. Rovner, our practice helps patients with osteoarthritis control their pain and make lifestyle changes that will slow the progression of their disease. Dr. Rovner discusses possible osteoarthritis causes and treatments in detail at his New Jersey office during confidential, one-on-one consultations with patients, taking the time to answer their questions and address their concerns.

If you have osteoarthritis, Dr. Rovner would welcome the opportunity to meet with you and demonstrate the ways he can help you cope with your condition. Schedule your appointment to meet with Dr. Rovner today.

Possible Causes of Osteoarthritis

In general, osteoarthritis is caused by the wearing down of the cartilage that acts as cushioning at the ends of the bones in your joints. This cartilage is necessary to the proper, smooth functioning of your joints. As the cartilage becomes worn, friction between the bones will increase. Eventually, the cartilage can wear down entirely, resulting in the bones rubbing against one another.

Unfortunately, the exact cause of this wearing down of cartilage is not known. However, contributing factors include:

  • Age: Osteoarthritis can occur at any age; however, the older a person is, the more likely he or she is to develop the condition.
  • Being overweight: People who are obese put more pressure on their joints and are therefore more likely to develop osteoarthritis due to cartilage damage.
  • Joint injuries: Sports injuries in particular tend to result in osteoarthritis as time passes.
  • Family history: Osteoarthritis tends to run in families.
  • Gender: Women over the age of 55 are more likely to develop osteoarthritis than men. Up until that age, both genders are equally susceptible to the disease.
  • Repetitive motions: People who engage in repetitive motions, particularly at their jobs, may be more likely to develop osteoarthritis.

How can osteoarthritis be treated?

Again, while there is no cure for osteoarthritis, there are methods of managing and treating the disease. At New York Spine and Sports Surgery, we offer a variety of surgical and non-surgical options, including:

  • Joint replacement: Damaged joints can be replaced with artificial joints made with plastic and metal parts.
  • Osteotomy: During this procedure, Dr. Rovner realigns the bones of the leg to reduce the knee pain associated with osteoarthritis.
  • Cortisone injections: Cortisone injections can provide temporary relief from joint pain.
  • Hyaluronic acid injections: Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring protein in the human body that can help to relieve joint pain when strategically injected into the spaces between joints.

Learn More about Osteoarthritis Causes and Treatments

To learn more about osteoarthritis causes and treatments, please contact New York Spine and Sports Surgery today.