Osteoarthritis, or degenerative arthritis, affects millions of Americans each day. Over years and years, regular movement of a joint wears away at the protective cartilage between the bones, called articular cartilage. As this layer of protective cartilage becomes thinner and thinner, the friction between your bones rubbing against one another causes the growth of osteophytes, also known as bone spurs. The friction in the joint and the development of bone spurs can cause inflammation, pain, and stiffness.
In the knees, symptoms can include pain around the kneecap or the sides of the knee, and sometimes the grinding of your femur and tibia can actually be felt. For osteoarthritis in the hip, typically patients will complain of groin and thigh pain. Since your hip and knee are both weight-bearing joints, there is a great amount of stress pushing these bones together as you walk. There might even be so much pain it's interrupting your everyday life!
Dr. Gibson specializes in helping patients with osteoarthritis recover their mobility quickly and safely. If you are ready to get your active lifestyle back, schedule a consultation with us today.