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Osteoarthritis

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  • Introduction

Osteoarthritis is a chronic, degenerative joint disease that affects mostly middle-age and older adults. It occurs when there is cartilage breakdown in the joints. This is partly due to the aging process and years of wear and tear the body takes. The unprotected bones rub against each other, causing pain and limited movement, most commonly in the:

  • Knees
  • Hips
  • Spine
  • Hands

Among the more than 100 different types of arthritis conditions, osteoarthritis is the most common, affecting nearly 21 million people in the United States.

Virtua provides inpatient and outpatient arthritis services for individuals looking to relieve symptoms of osteoarthritis. The services include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Medical and surgical options, including minimally invasive surgery
  • Year-round community education program

Virtua offers several programs at the William G. Rohrer Center for Health Fitness in Voorhees, NJ, that provide relief to those who have arthritis-related conditions such as osteoarthritis. Programs and classes include:

Virtua's rheumatologists (arthritis doctors) rely on a team approach strategy to provide patients the best overall care. Since arthritis-related conditions involve many systems of the body, Virtua's rheumatologists have ongoing communications with:

  • Primary care physicians
  • Cardiologists
  • Gastroenterologists
  • Ppulmonologists
  • Orthopedic physicians
  • Ophthalmologists
  • Endocrinologists

For more information on Virtua's arthritis-related classes, programs or events, call 1-888-VIRTUA-3 (1-888-847-8823).