Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Hip & Knee
What is Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Hip/Knee?
Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Hip or Knee is the most common form of autoimmune arthritis. Rheumatoid Arthritis is a condition that causes inflammation of the bones and soft tissues of the joints which causes the bones of the hip or knee to rub together, which results in pain and decreased function of the hip or knee. As the condition progresses, more cartilage is lost and more bone is exposed. Once the cartilage has completely worn away the bones of the hip/knee can begin to rub together causing increased pain and the formation of bone spurs within the joint.
If you have Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Hip or Knee the common symptoms can include:
- Swelling of the hip/knee after activity
- Stiffness when sitting or standing
- Decreased range of motion in the hip/knee
- Loss of appetite
Symptoms may range from very mild to severe but treating this condition in its early stages can prevent pain and symptoms from getting worse. At OSS Health, our Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeons have helped thousands of patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis live active and healthy lives using the latest non-surgical and surgical procedures.
How is Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Hip/Knee Treated at OSS Health?
Although the damage from Rheumatoid Arthritis cannot be reversed, there are many treatment options at OSS Health that can slow down the process as well as relieve the pain and symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis. At OSS Health, this condition is usually effectively treated using non-surgical treatment options and the specialists at OSS Health create treatment plans based on your lifestyle and goals.
These treatment plans may consist of any combination of the following non-surgical treatment options:
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications
- Disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs
- Biologic agent drugs
Surgery is only recommended if Rheumatoid Arthritis does not respond to non-surgical treatment options. The Board Certified Joint Replacement Specialists at OSS Health are experts at performing Partial and Total Hip or Knee Replacements.