Osteoarthritis (OA) results of the wear of joints: cartilage loss, reduced articular space and bone erosions.

It occurs when there is increased joint stress or synovial inflammation:

  • slow wear: daily overuse, muscle weakness, obesity, degenerative process and family history.
  • fast wear: following a fracture, joint injuries or certain rheumatic pathologies, blood diseases like hemochromatosis.

OA consequences:

  • articular pain after rest.
  • Recurrent acute joint pain.
  • progressive limbs deformation.
  • limitation of activities or walking perimeter because of pain.

Objectives of OA treatment:

  • perceived improvement of the quality of life
  • disappearance of pain
  • resumption of moderate physical and sport activities.

Conservative treatment options:

  • analgesic treatment
  • anti-inflammatory drugs
  • joint infiltrations
  • physiotherapy, daily activity, weight loss.
  • external devices and orthotic devices

Surgical treatment options:

When conservative treatment failed to provide the quality of life you need, it is time to consider surgical treatment.

  • In early OA forms or in case of isolated accessible lesion, arthroscopic treatment may be an effective solution.
  • In late OA forms, the damage is too great; it is necessary to consider the replacement of the painful joint by a surgical prosthesis (designed for maximum safety and longevity, products of a state-of-the-art industry, subject to vigilant regulation).

Contact SOSVC to discuss with a doctor about OA treatment options.

Dr. Benjamin Fedida, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon