Orthopedic Surgeons located in Midtown Manhattan, New York, Astoria, & Brooklyn, NY
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 Q & A
What is arthritis?
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:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Posttraumatic arthritis
- Septic arthritis
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.
What causes arthritis?
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.
What are the symptoms of arthritis?
Arthritis symptoms range from mild to completely disabling, depending on the type and severity of your condition. Common symptoms of arthritis include:
- Joint pain that worsens with vigorous activity
- Stiffness that makes it difficult to move the joint
- A locking sensation or grinding noise that occurs with movement
- Decreased range of motion
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.
How is arthritis treated?
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:
- Minimal incision hip replacement
- Revision of failed hip replacements
- Total knee replacement
- Partial knee replacement
- Revision of failed knee replacements
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.
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