Orthopedic Doctors, Surgeons Provide Arthritis Treatment in Pasadena, CA
Cartilage is the material at the end of the bone that allows joints to move easily. As we age, the cartilage in our joints wears out. This process is called osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis varies a great deal in severity, from aching joints that can be relieved with physical therapy to disabling joint pain and degeneration that limits movement and daily activities. Arthritis care at Pasadena Orthopedics offers the opportunity for significant arthritis pain relief, sometimes with conservative modalities, sometimes with joint replacements.
The four stages of osteoarthritis (OA) severity are:Stage 1 - Minor
Stage 2 - Mild
- Marked by very little pain and might only be detected in the course of other physical exams because the earliest stages of joint degeneration can be subtle.
Stage 3 - Moderate
- This is when bone spurs--areas where bone-on-bone tension causes these growths to form--can first become a problem. Joint stiffness and pain increase.
Stage 4 - Severe
- Tightness and stiffness in the joint increases as cartilage continues to degenerate.
- Pain, at this point in the scale, can become debilitating. This is when more extreme surgical options are explored to relieve or replace the affected joint.