Arthritis is simply inflammation of one or more joints. The most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis (OA). OA is the degeneration of the cartilage within the joint causing bone on bone contact leading to pain, decreased mobility, and possibly inflammation. Other forms of arthritis can be autoimmune related as is seen with rheumatoid and psoriatic arthritis. These other forms can lead to severe disability, pain, swelling, and loss of function.
The providers at Orthopaedic Surgery Specialists are experts in the diagnosing of arthritic conditions. Though experts in the surgical solutions available to treat most forms of arthritis (arthroscopy, total joint replacement), OSS believes in utilizing conservative approaches to care when appropriate. These can include therapy, medications, injections, bracing, assistive devices, and education.