Did you know that arthritis is a disease that affects 50 million Americans and is the number one reason listed to cause disability in the United States?
Arthritis is a catch-all term for more than 100 kinds of diseases that involve complex inflammatory responses that affect the musculoskeletal system of the body. Both young and old people can be affected, and arthritis can affect many different areas of the body. The most common symptoms of most types of arthritis are joint pain, stiffness and loss of motion.
OSC specialists diagnose and treat Osteoarthritis, which is the most common form of the disease. OA is a degenerative and chronic disease that causes the breakdown of cartilage in the joints. The areas of the body most commonly affected by OA are the knee, spine, hip and shoulder, but it can also affect the fingers, wrists, ankles or anywhere there is a joint in the body. Scientists are not sure why OA is a problem for some people and not for others; however, it is known that genetics, being overweight, a history of injury or trauma and old-age are contributing factors.
The physicians at OSC can also treat inflammatory forms of arthritis, such as Rheumatoid or Psoriatic Arthritis, when surgery or pain management is required; however, most other forms of arthritis require management by a Rheumatologist experienced in treating auto-immune and inflammatory diseases.
Our Orthopaedic Specialists take a complete medical history, order diagnostic tests and perform a careful physical examination to confirm or rule out the condition. If arthritis is indeed diagnosed, your OSC physician will work with you to determine the best treatment plan for you, based on your medical history, lifestyle, activity level and type of work that you do.
The good news is that there are many different treatments for Osteoarthritis. These treatments can range from recommendations for lifestyle and activity modifications that impact daily life, such as: exercise, nutritional supplements and the use of braces, or assistive aids, like a cane, to ordering conservative medical treatments, like prescription anti-inflammatory medications, steroid injections, visco-supplementation injections, and Physical Therapy. If these treatments do not provide the desired level of pain relief and restored function, surgical intervention is the next viable and successful option available, including partial and total joint replacement and spinal surgeries.
Make an appointment for the Treatment and Care of Osteoarthritis
Call (757) 596-1900 to schedule an appointment with an OSC Physician. Visit our Contact Us page for information on office hours. Our office is located in Newport News, VA. We are 40 minutes from Virginia Beach and an hour from Richmond, VA.
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What Our Patients Are Saying
- About eight years ago, I had surgery to replace my left knee joint at a practice in another city. Six months later, the joint failed and I had to have it done all over again. At the time, I was told that my right knee would likely need to be replaced at some point in the future as well. Having had the bad experience that I did, I was very reluctant to have the right knee looked at when it started giving me troubles after a recent airline flight home. I asked a doctor at another specialty… Read More
Lewis Downs – Non-surgical treatment for knee pain (arthritis)
- Maybe only once or twice in your lifetime will someone help you so much that you want to scream THANK YOU on the top of your lungs! Last year, I was unable to even go up and down the stairs. We were on a family vacation at the beach and I had to stay in the condo watching my family play on the beach while I sat on a chair in pain from my Arthritic Hips. As a 65 year old retired Clinical Counselor and mother of two teens (14 and !6) with a husband of 30 years, I thought “I am too young for… Read More
Tanya Vaughan – Bilateral “Jiffy” (Direct Anterior) Hip Replacements
- I am 56 with arthritis in both knees. The pain, stiffness and inflammation started in 2009 has increased with the passing of each year. I was eventually diagnosed with a torn Meniscus in my left knee. Arthroscopic surgery provided some relief. A once very active lifestyle of walking, jogging and rollerskating dwindled to watching television. I was in pain whether I was standing, sitting or lying in bed. Going up and down the stairs became a major undertaking. One day a coworker who had knee… Read More
Deidre Ellington – Non-surgical Treatment for Knee Arthritis
- My name is Betty and in February of 2012, I was having problems with my knees. They would pop and grind especially when I climbed stairs. One evening while my husband and I were out for dinner, I started to get up, but my knee was locked up and I couldn’t move my leg or stand. My husband, not knowing what else to do, got down on the floor and started slowly moving my ankle. From the turned heads, I believe the other diners thought he was proposing to me, but he was just desperate to help me… Read More
Betty Owsley – Exercise and PT for Knee Pain
- It\’s my absolute pleasure to recommend Dr. Paige Tretter at the OSC Physical Therapy Center. I thoroughly enjoyed my time in therapy with Dr. Tretter and the Therapy Techs that she assigned to help me in my therapy. Dr. Tretter\’s expertise in therapy is a huge advantage to the entire office. Dr. Tretter has always been an absolute joy to work with in my healing process. Always positive, smiling and kind. Dr. Tretter and the therapy techs work as true team players with all patients, giving us… Read More
Regina D. McCallum – Physical Therapy for Arthritic Knees
- I have been Dr. Boyd Haynes’ patient since 03/2005. He has worked miracles numerous times. The last was 4 injections of ORTHOVISC. It is a miracle drug. I still had issues after surgery, therapy and previous injections. My knee feels brand new. I feel like a new person. I RECOMMEND ORTHOVISC HIGHLY. Dr. Haynes, Chris, Dr. Andrus, the Physical Therapy Team and all other staff members are THE BEST. I GIVE THEM A 10+ STAR RATING. Jon-Betty… Read More
Jon-Betty King – Non-surgical Treatment for Knee Arthritis
- I like Dr. Jenny Andrus and her approach to fixing my joint problems. She prescribed a brace for my knee after injections did not help and is treating the arthritis in my thumb joint. The prolotherapy on my right thumb joint appears to be working. Kim MacCartney
Kim MacCartney – Prolotherapy for Thumb Arthritis
- I’m 71 years old and have been a patient of Dr. Boyd W. Haynes III for over 25 years. I enjoy being physically active, and, as a result, my body has paid the price. Dr. Haynes has always been keenly aware of my desire to get back into action as soon as possible after injuries, mishaps and age-related conditions. He has performed orthoscopic surgery on both knees (running related), surgically removed calcium build up in my big toe (golf cart accident), treated my shoulder’s AC joint… Read More