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About joint pain

Joint pain may be the result of cartilage wearing away due to the normal aging process. Cartilage is tissue that provides a cushion between bone surfaces. This tissue loss is commonly called arthritis.

There are three common types of arthritis:

  • Osteoarthritis – often referred to as degenerative joint disease. Loss of cartilage primarily in the hip and knee joints results in bone-on-bone contact, hip pain or knee pain, and decreased mobility.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis – the result of inflammation of the joint covering which results in swelling, pain and stiffness of the joint.
  • Post-traumatic arthritis – this results after an injury to a joint; the bone and cartilage do not heal properly causing wear on the joint.

If the pain advances to the point where normal daily activities are affected, joint replacement surgery, a form of orthopedic surgery, may be the recommended treatment to restore joint health. To find an orthopedic surgeon at the Center for Joint Health, click here.

comparison images of arthritic knee to normal knee

comparison images of arthritic hip to normal hip

To be referred to a joint pain specialist at Community, please call 800-777-7775.

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