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Understanding the Basics Behind Osteoarthritis

What is Degenerative Joint Disease?

Degenerative Joint Disease, also known as osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis that affects over 32.5 million adults in the U.S.

In a healthy joint, cartilage surrounds the bone connection and acts as a layer of protection. This prevents bones from grinding against each other. However, in some instances, the cartilage gradually wears away until the bones of the joint directly touch. Over time, this unprotected articulation causes the bones to grind, which leads to inflammation, discomfort, pain, and even immobility. As a result, many people seek osteoarthritis treatments in Kansas City for relief.

The key to proper recovery comes from the expertise of your orthopedic specialist. Our orthopedic and fracture clinic in Kansas City focuses on diagnosis and treatment for all types of broken bones. With over 100 years of combined service in practice, we utilize the best technologies and techniques customized to each patient.


Causes of Degenerative Joint Disease

While some people are more prone to degenerative joint disease, several underlying factors can lead to osteoarthritis. These include:


Older people have a higher risk of developing osteoarthritis.


Osteoarthritis is more prevalent in women.

Joint injuries:

Injuries can increase the risk for osteoarthritis, even if they are years old.

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Repeated stress:

Certain repetitive physical activities (such as playing a sport) can put repetitive stress on joints that could lead to wear and tear.


Extra force on your joints can cause stress and even inflammation.

Bone deformities:

Some people are born with abnormal joints or cartilage.

Certain metabolic diseases:

Metabolic conditions such as diabetes or hemochromatosis (when the body has too much iron) can lead to osteoarthritis.

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It’s common for osteoarthritis to begin around your 50s, but it can happen earlier if there’s an underlying issue. For example, someone with an injury or a significant genetic predisposition might be diagnosed with hip osteoarthritis in their 40s.

The impact of osteoarthritis on daily life can vary from patient to patient. While it is common to hear about treatments targeting hip and knee osteoarthritis, your specialists at Kansas City Orthopedic Alliance can offer solutions for a variety of joints. We always remain on the forefront of new technologies and medical techniques to help our patients find the best treatment option for degenerative joint disease.


Symptoms & Signs of Degenerative Joint Disease

Diagnosis for osteoarthritis requires an examination from a specialized provider, along with tests such as X-rays or ultrasounds.

Common osteoarthritis symptoms include:

  • Joint stiffness, especially after you’ve been sitting or lying down
  • Pain and swelling around the joint (can be a sharp pain or dull ache)
  • Feeling of the joints crunching when you move
  • Inability to move for basic tasks such as cleaning or putting on clothes

Before assuming you have any kind of joint condition, be sure to schedule an appointment with a Kansas City Orthopedic Alliance physician.

We can provide professional insight and a proper diagnosis to understand your osteoarthritis treatment options.

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Affected Areas

  • Hands
  • Shoulders
  • Hips
  • Knees
  • Spine


  • Exercise
  • Medications
  • Injections
  • Arthroscopy
  • Joint Replacement Surgery
  • Other Specialized Treatments

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Assessing the Injury

Finding the right osteoarthritis treatment in Kansas City starts with an assessment.

You can think of osteoarthritis as a spectrum, with some instances being more severe than others. The Kansas City Orthopedic Alliance orthopedic specialists always focus on each individual patient and their concerns before creating a treatment plan.

Therefore, during your initial appointment, we will often ask questions such as:

From there, we can decide whether more conservative osteoarthritis treatments will suffice or whether you would find the most benefit with surgery.

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  • Does your pain currently limit you or your activities?
  • Has your pain progressed or worsened recently?
  • Have you noticed any change in your symptoms that have made it more challenging to function?
  • What are your lifestyle goals?
  • How has pain affected those goals?

Injury Prevention

How to Prevent
Degenerative Joint Disease

Osteoarthritis isn’t 100% preventable, but it is always important to take proper care of your joints. When your joints are healthy, they are less likely to become worn down, though some wear and tear is expected as years pass.

Taking care of your bones and joints is something you should implement in your daily life. We recommend regular exercise, eating a balanced diet, maintaining a healthy weight, and monitoring your blood sugar levels if you’re diabetic. In doing so, you may reduce the amount of stress on your joints to slow down any potential degenerative process.

You should also assess your pain levels. Rather than waiting until the problem becomes severe, note when your pain deters you from your daily activities. It’s often best to seek medical attention from one of our osteoarthritis specialists to help manage these problems when you are experiencing limitations in your activity.

About Kansas City Orthopedic Alliance

Meet Kansas City Orthopedic Alliance

Our board-certified, fellowship-trained physicians and surgeons are highly experienced in their respective fields and are considered among the top orthopedic providers in the Midwest.

Along with our Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, and support staff, Kansas City Orthopedic Alliance physicians deliver the utmost level of dedicated care across a range of subspecialties.

While diverse in background and capabilities, the common thread that brings all of our team members together is our patient-centered approach.

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Get help for your Degenerative Joint Disease from the best orthopedic physicians in Kansas City.

Our care is personal. Our team is knowledgeable. And we’re more available than ever.

With access to board-certified specialists across Kansas City, we have the tools to meet almost every musculoskeletal condition.

Use our Symptom Tracker Tool to connect with the right Kansas City Orthopedic Alliance physician for your unique needs—and get back to the things that matter most.

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