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What is Osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common type of arthritis. It's a chronic, degenerative joint disease caused by the breakdown of joint cartilage. It can occur in any joint, but it most often affects the hands, knees, hips, shoulders, elbows, or spine. The pain of osteoarthritis can force you to limit the activities you perform every day, from using your computer to carrying a bag of groceries. Daily, constant pain can even reduce your participation in social events and your time with family and friends.

Risk factors for osteoarthritis include:

  • Obesity
  • Heredity
  • Injury and overuse

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UR Medicine's Treatments for Osteoarthritis

Treatment will depend on your symptoms, age, and general health. It will also depend on how severe the condition is. The goal of treatment is to ease joint pain and stiffness, and improve joint movement.

Osteoarthritis Treatments

Medicines. These may include pain relievers and anti-inflammatory medicines.

Exercise. Regular exercise may help ease pain and other symptoms. This may include stretching and strength exercises. 

Physical and occupational therapy. These types of therapy may help ease joint pain, improve joint flexibility, and reduce joint strain.

Weight maintenance. Keeping a healthy weight, or losing weight if needed, may help prevent or ease symptoms. 

Injections of a lubricant or corticosteroids. Lubricants mimic normal joint fluid and corticosteroids reduce pain and swelling.

Joint surgery. You may need surgery to repair or replace a joint that has severe damage. 

Patient Stories

Doug's Story

Doug Hendee was highly active, but arthritis threatened to take that away. Watch how Doug got his life back.

What Sets Us Apart?

We offer the region’s most advanced care and widest range of treatment options for all joint, bone, muscle pain and injuries.

Our proactive yet conservative approach gets results. While no one can cure your osteoarthritis, we can help you live better with it using a proven and multifaceted approach, including the support of UR Medicine specialists available in multiple clinic locations.

Because we’re an academic medical center, we also lead research studies so we can stay on the forefront of the latest developments in care.

Our Hip and Knee Arthritis Clinic is the only center of its kind in the region. Our clinic focuses exclusively on hip and knee arthritis, providing the very latest non-surgical approaches for reducing arthritic pain.

What You Can Expect

  • Advanced care and a comfortable environment. Our patients have access to the newest treatments and most advanced orthopaedic operating rooms. Our hospital locations are easy to navigate and provide the compassionate care you expect. 
  • Our new Orthopaedic & Physical Performance Center in Henrietta was designed to provide nation-leading safe and efficient care for patients, even those who need to stay overnight.  
  • An experienced team and specialized care. Because our physicians have advanced training and expertise, they can treat the most complex medical conditions. 


Our care team is here for you. Find a UR Medicine expert and get care now.

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We serve you in the Rochester metropolitan area and surrounding region.

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8 locations

Orthopaedics & Physical Performance - Greece
Part of Strong Memorial Hospital

South Pointe Landing
10 South Pointe Landing, Suite 100
Rochester, NY 14626

Orthopaedics & Physical Performance - Penfield
Part of Strong Memorial Hospital

Platinum Office Complex
2064 Fairport Nine Mile Point Road
Penfield, NY 14526

St. James Center for Orthopaedic Care - Hornell

St. James Hospital
7309 Seneca Road North, Suite 107
Hornell, NY 14843

Orthopaedic Surgery - Canandaigua

FF Thompson Hospital
350 Parrish Street
Canandaigua, NY 14424

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