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Orthopedic Arthritis

Know More about What You Feel in Your Bones

Arthritis is not one of those conditions that you don’t know about until you are diagnosed. If you have arthritis, you feel it. Orthopedic arthritis is actually the leading cause of disability in the United States. It affects both the cartilage and the bones of your joints and can occur for a number of reasons.

At miVIP Las Vegas, we work to help alleviate the symptoms caused by arthritis. We offer solutions like minimally invasive wrist surgery that can provide you lasting relief. Knowing a little bit more about the condition helps many patients make decisions about treatment.

By the Numbers

If you have orthopedic arthritis, you are not alone. In fact, according to the National Center for Health Statistics, there are more than 50 million adults in the United States who have some form of arthritis. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention note that:

  • Nearly 1 in 2 people develop arthritis in the knee
  • One in 4 people will develop hip arthritis
  • By 2030, roughly 67 million people will be diagnosed with arthritis

Causes of Arthritis

There are a number of factors that are linked to orthopedic arthritis as well as its cousin, rheumatoid arthritis. The most common causes of both include:

  • Genetics: If you have family members with rheumatoid arthritis, you may be more likely to develop it, though scientists are still researching this connection.
  • Age: Age takes a toll on your body in a number of ways, including your joints. Your cartilage can become worn and less able to repair itself, resulting in arthritis.
  • Weight: When your joints have to support too much weight, they can become damaged as cartilage is worn away and the bones rub against each other.

Certain injuries or other conditions can also play a role in how someone develops arthritis.

Symptoms

As someone with orthopedic arthritis already knows, the condition can be very painful. Depending on where the arthritis is and what the cause is, symptoms may vary. Some signs of arthritis include:

  • Joint pain
  • A decreased range of motion in your joints
  • Swelling or redness around your joints

Be sure to discuss any symptoms you may be having with your physician, who may recommend you look into treatments such as wrist surgery.

Treatment Options

Fortunately, there are things you can do to treat the condition, such as:

  • Arthroscopic surgery on the knee or shoulder: Using a small camera, a physician can get a close-up look at the joint and make necessary repairs.
  • Minimally invasive wrist surgery: Using tiny incisions, your doctor can alleviate pain through either cutting or repairing tendons and ligaments around your joint.
  • Joint replacement: There are a few options your surgeon can explore to use artificial pieces of bone to reconstruct your wrist.

Talk to a physician about your symptoms to determine which route is right for you.

Prognosis

People who opt to have surgery should always keep in contact with their physician to monitor recovery and progress. The surgeries at miVIP are minimally invasive, which means less risk of infection and a quicker road to recovery. If you have orthopedic arthritis, it is important to avoid activities that will put too much strain on your joints.

Call Us Today

We are ready to help you relieve the symptoms associated with orthopedic arthritis. To schedule a consultation with one of our world-class physicians, contact our miVIP offices at 877.956.2263.

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