Understanding Primary and Secondary Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is one of the most prevalent conditions resulting in the progressive loss of cartilage in the joints. OA is categorized into two different types:

  • Primary
  • Secondary

Primary vs Secondary Osteoarthritis

Primary is considered “wear and tear” and affects the hands, hips, knees, and spine and develops around 55-60. Typically, this type of osteoarthritis is related to aging. The longer you use your joints, the more likely you are to develop osteoarthritis. On the other hand, secondary can occur after trauma, injury, genetics, inactivity, or inflammation in the joint. Secondary OA ranges from 40-50. Low-impact exercises are necessary to keep muscles and tendons strong.

Knee Osteoarthritis Treatments

Although there is no cure for osteoarthritis, treatment can greatly improve your quality of life.  Whether you have primary or secondary OA, the treatment plans are relatively similar. At Minnesota Arthritis center,  our primary treatment for knee pain consists of FDA approved and non-surgical injections using gel supplements.  This highly successful and safe treatment option provides patients with long-lasting pain relief. Beyond our treatment, it’s essential to be proactive about your health. We recommend regularly exercising to strengthen your muscles and support your joints. Also, be sure to avoid activities that are causing pain.

Call Today for a Free Screening

Our number one goal is to make our patients feel relaxed and comfortable when determining if our treatment is right for them. That’s why we offer free, no obligation initial screenings so that we can better understand your health-related issue and help make your final decision. Contact our team of healthcare professionals today at (651) 967-7614.