Understanding Arthritis

hip1Osteoarthrits (OA) is one of the most common causes of joint pain. Sometimes called degenerative arthrits or degenerative joint disease, it is a condition that involves the breakdown of joint cartilage. Cartilage is a rubbery tissue that covers the ends of moving bones in joints. It acts as both a shock absorber and a lubricant, protecting your bones from damage and providing smooth, pain-free movement.

As joint cartilage wears away, the bones begin to make painful bone- on-bone contact. The early stages of osteoarthrits can be treated with a variety of conservative, non-surgical treatments. However, as the joint cartilage continues to wear away and the symptoms of osteoarthrits become more severe, surgery may be recommended to correct he damaged bone and cartilage.

To diagnose your condition, Mr Moran will observe your movement and review your health history. An X-ray of the affected joint will show signs of cartilage wear, and the severity of the cartilage destruction can help determine the best course of treatment.