More than one million Americans every year are diagnosed with arthritis.1 It affects Americans of all ages, shapes and sizes, and is most commonly in the form of osteoarthritis.

Osteoarthritis is the number one reason for joint replacement and develops after years of constant motion and pressure on the joint, which causes unbearable pain and decreased range of motion.1
 
Arthritis can also be diagnosed as inflammatory and traumatic. Inflammatory arthritis, also known as rheumatoid, is a chronic disease that causes swelling and heat in the joint lining. Meanwhile, traumatic arthritis is joint inflammation caused by an injury, such as a car crash. It can cause bleeding and flattening in the joint space, increased bone thickness, and bone erosion.

Treatment Options

You can manage and reduce the symptoms of arthritis through:

  • Over-the-counter remedies (NSAIDs)
  • Prescription medications
  • Physical therapy
  • Lifestyle changes, such as weight loss and/or exercise
  • Direct heat
  • Injections

When these treatments no longer provide relief, it may be time to consider joint replacement surgery.

1 http://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/resources/publications/aag/arthritis.htm