Osteoarthritis can affect any joint in your body. It is a degenerative, and often inflammatory process, involving the wearing down of cartilage. The root cause is often multifactorial; a combination of genetics, previous trauma, activity levels, age and other factors doctors still do not fully understand.
Most people want to avoid a hip or knee replacement for as long as possible - but still want to be active! Thankfully, there are other options available to delay surgical management. Initial treatments include physical therapy, medications, activity modification and bracing options. More advanced measures include cortisone, hyaluronic acid and platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections. These can offer substantial relief from pain and result in increased mobility.
Unfortunately, sometimes surgery cannot be avoided. If this is the case, make sure you're in the best hands. Dr. Eardley has built strong relationships with some of the best surgeons in the country. He will ensure that you have the most innovative, minimally-invasive approach done for your specific case, by connecting you with the appropriate experts.