Arthritis is a chronic condition, but board-certified orthopedic surgeon Craig H. Dushey, MD, provides nonsurgical and surgical arthritis treatments that help you maintain a normal lifestyle. If you suffer from advanced arthritis, come into Manhattan Orthopedics, with locations in Midtown Manhattan as well as in Astoria and Brooklyn in New York, for effective treatments. Call your nearest New York City office or book an appointment online today.
Arthritis is a broad term that encompasses more than 100 conditions that affect your joints. The most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis, which affects more than 30 million Americans.
Also known as “wear-and-tear” arthritis, this type occurs when the normally smooth and slippery cartilage that cushions the ends of your bones gradually breaks down.
Other common types of arthritis include:
Arthritis can affect any joint in your body, causing pain, stiffness, and swelling that limits your normal movement. Osteoarthritis most often affects large, weight-bearing joints like your hips and knees. Dr. Dushey specializes in treating patients with advanced arthritis of these joints.
There are many potential causes of arthritis, depending on the type. Osteoarthritis usually develops over several years as a result of an injury, overuse, or normal cartilage degeneration that occurs with advancing age.
Certain factors increase your risk of developing arthritis, including being obese, having a family history of arthritis, and previous joint injuries.
Arthritis symptoms range from mild to completely disabling, depending on the type and severity of your condition. Common symptoms of arthritis include:
Arthritis in the knee or hip can make it difficult or impossible to perform everyday activities, like walking and climbing stairs. This is why the right kind of treatment is so important.
Dr. Dushey thoroughly reviews your medical history and performs a physical exam. He may take tests, like an X-ray, to determine the extent of your arthritis. He then develops a personalized treatment plan.
Arthritis treatment begins with nonsurgical methods, like medication and physical therapy. If conservative treatment fails to relieve your pain after several months, you may be a candidate for joint replacement surgery.
Dr. Dushey has specialized training in various joint replacement procedures, including:
With a focus on rapid recovery, Dr. Dushey always recommends the least-invasive treatment available.
To learn more about your options for treating arthritis, call Manhattan Orthopedics or book an appointment online today.