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Osteoarthritis is the single most common joint disorder. Known also as degenerative arthritis or degenerative joint disease, osteoarthritis is caused by the gradual wear and tear on a joint, leading to the loss of cartilage. As we age, the repetitive use of the joints causes joint pain, swelling and inflammation. Obesity also plays a role in putting extra weight and stress on joints. Patients with severe osteoarthritis have lost the cartilage between the bones, resulting in inflammation, constant pain and limited range of motion. Chronic inflammation can stimulate the bones to grow outgrowths, or spurs, around the joints, causing additional pain.

How to Diagnosis Osteoarthritis

We utilize X-rays and arthrocentesis in diagnosing osteoarthritis. X-rays can show the loss the joint cartilage and narrowing between bones. Arthrocentesis is a procedure in which we draw a fluid sample from the joint for analysis. With arthrocentesis, we can also inject steroids into the joint to help relieve inflammation and pain.


There is not one definitive treatment for osteoarthritis. We recommend the following to help relieve the symptoms:

Analgesics (pain-relieving creams)

Cortisone Injections

Exercise (swimming and walking are good options)


Pain Relievers (aspirin and acetaminophen)

Physical Therapy

Weight Reduction

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