Florida Medical Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine & Spine, led by Stephen Raterman, MD, can address the complications caused by osteoarthritis as it affects the knees and hips. Osteoarthritis, which is the most common form of arthritis, is characterized by the “wear and tear” that happens to the bone, cartilage, and tendons that comprise a joint. The process of degeneration begins with the deterioration of the cartilage, typically due to aging or to overuse. The incidence of this form of arthritis increases with age, and most people have it in one or more joints by age 75.
Osteoarthritis can cause a slew of symptoms as the joint breaks down, including pain (which may worsen in certain types of weather), stiffness, weakness, and even joint deformities. Although osteoarthritis cannot be cured or reversed, after a patient receives a proper diagnosis, the complications caused by it can be addressed through noninvasive and surgical approaches.