December 6, 2010 (Jamaica, NY)–Severe pain and stiffness in the hip and knee can limit the enjoyment and ease of everyday activities, such as standing, walking, and running errands, and be a significant reason to visit your doctor.
Each year, many Americans suffer from hip or knee osteoarthritis, the most common forms of arthritis. According to the CDC, by the year 2030, an estimated 67 million adults, aged 18 years and older, will be diagnosed with arthritis, compared with the 50 million adults diagnosed from 2007 to 2009.
Occurring when the cartilage between the thigh and leg bone in the knee wears, collapsing the joint, knee osteoarthritis not only contributes to pain and stiffness but decreases a personÛªs range of motion as well. The same wear-and-tear process of the hip joint results in hip osteoarthritis.
ÛÏSymptoms of osteoarthritis tend to develop slowly in the beginning but worsen over time,Û explained Dr. Sean Thompson, Jamaica HospitalÛªs newly added Orthopedic Surgeon, whose specialty is total joint replacement. ÛÏOnce an individual reaches the point of constant pain, itÛªs usually a clear indication that an evaluation of the hip and joint is needed.Û
To diagnose osteoarthritis of the knee or hip, total joint specialists provide individuals with an evaluation that includes a medical history, physical examination, and imaging. Since there are various stages of osteoarthritis, early diagnosis offers the greatest variety of treatment options.
In most cases, treatment options for knee or hip osteoarthritis include health and behavior modifications, drug therapy, injections, or surgery, specifically arthroscopy and joint replacement.
Jamaica Hospital recently expanded its total joint replacement services, staffed by highly-skilled and Board Certified total joint specialists who provide a wide variety of operative and non-operative treatment options to individuals diagnosed with osteoarthritis, including post traumatic, rheumatoid, infectious, and inflammatory joint diseases. Specifically, the service offers therapeutic injections, total knee and hip replacement, total hip resurfacing, computer navigation surgery, hip and knee arthroscopy and rehabilitation medicine.
ÛÏIt is important that patients with osteoarthritis of the knee or hip obtain continuity of treatment from the time they are diagnosed to post-surgical recovery,Û explained Dr. Thompson. ÛÏOur integrated team of orthopedic surgeons, physical therapists and specialized nurses work diligently to provide this kind of care.Û
If you suffer from arthritis of the hip or knee and would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Sean Thompson, please call 718-206-6923.
Jamaica Hospital Medical Center serves a population greater than 1.2 million in Queens and eastern Brooklyn. This 431-bed medical center is an accredited community teaching hospital with a large network of community-based ambulatory care centers. JHMC offers an array of acute inpatient, rehabilitation, and mental health services, and is one of the busiest Level 1 trauma centers in New York City. The hospital provides general medical, pediatric, and dental services, in addition to home health services. Jamaica Hospital Medical CenterÛªs mission is to serve patients and the community in a way that is second to none. For additional information, please contact Public Affairs at 718-206-6020.