Painful Loss of Cartilage Between Bones

Osteoarthritis is the most common joint disorder condition and, according to the Arthritis Foundation, affects some 27 million Americans. This condition is a degeneration and eventual loss of cartilage in the joints between two bones, normally due to wear and tear as part of the aging process. This loss of cartilage creates an inflammation which, in turn, can cause swelling, pain and stiffness in the joints. Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis and, although it can affect any joint in the body, mostly affects the hands, hips, knees, lower back and neck.

Osteoarthritis is more common among females than males, especially after the age of 50. Typically, osteoarthritis starts to develop in people after age 40 and progresses slowly. However, young people may also be affected, often as a result of injury or another joint condition.

SpineOne’s treatment plan for Osteoarthritis depends on the extent of cartilage loss, and whether or not bone spurs are present. Typically a combination of oral and minimally invasive treatments can alleviate debilitating pain, while hyaluronic acid treatments can help cushion the areas where cartilage loss has resulted in bone-on-bone contact. Your treatment plan may also include physical therapy to strengthen the surrounding muscle structures and alleviate stress on the joint. SpineOne patients undergoing this treatment plan report reduced pain, and less grinding in their joints.

Osteoarthritis Symptoms

  • Joints that ache during, or after activity

  • Back pain and stiffness

  • Swelling and warmth in one or more joints during weather changes

  • A feeling of the bones rubbing against one another, especially in the neck, back and knees

  • Pain/tenderness in the back, hip, knee or hands that is getting gradually worse over time

Osteoarthritis Treatment

  • Physical therapy

  • Medication

  • Minimally Invasive Injections

  • Minimally Invasive Surgery