Joint Pain/Osteoarthritis

Joint Pain/Osteoarthritis

What Is Joint Pain And Osteoarthritis?

Arthritis is a general term that means inflammation of the joints. Osteoarthritis, commonly known as wear and tear arthritis, is the most common type of arthritis. It is associated with a breakdown of cartilage in joints and can occur in almost any joint in the body. It commonly occurs in the weight-bearing joints of the hips, knees, and spine. It also affects the fingers, thumb, neck, and large toe.

Osteoarthritis — also called OA — usually does not affect other joints unless previous injury, excessive stress or an underlying disorder of cartilage is involved.

Cartilage is a firm, rubbery material that covers the ends of bones in normal joints. Its main function is to reduce friction in the joints and serve as a “shock absorber.” The shock-absorbing quality of normal cartilage comes from its ability to change shape when compressed (flattened or pressed together).

Osteoarthritis causes the cartilage in a joint to become stiff and lose its elasticity, making it more susceptible to damage. Over time, the cartilage may wear away in some areas, greatly decreasing its ability to act as a shock absorber. As the cartilage deteriorates, tendons and ligaments stretch, causing pain. If the condition worsens, the bones could rub against each other.

Joint Pain And Osteoarthritis Clinical Trials

Click here to go to the ‘Studies’ page to get more information and to apply.

Brandon Clinic

1104 Kyle Wood Lane
Brandon, FL 33511
Phone: (813) 948-7550
Fax: (813) 948-7566
Click For Directions

South Tampa Clinic

4257 W. Kennedy Blvd.,
Tampa, FL 33609
Phone: (813) 948-7550
Fax: (813) 948-7566
Click For Directions

North Tampa Clinic

16622 N. Dale Mabry Hwy.,
Tampa, FL 33618
Phone: (813) 948-7550
Fax: (813) 948-7566
Click For Directions

Follow Us