Cartilage is the tissue in our joints that acts as a cushion between bones. As we grow older, cartilage begins to wear away and our bones begin to rub against other bones. This loss of cartilage is known as arthritis, resulting in inflammation, pain, and stiffness in the joints. The literal meaning of arthritis is “joint inflammation”. Arthritis is caused by wear and tear on your bones, the aging process, constant use, traumatic injury, or a number of inflammatory processes. Regardless of how your arthritis occurs, inflammation in arthritic joints may cause long-lasting or permanent disability without treatment. The knee, hip and ankle joints are used frequently to bear weight during the strains of daily life, making those joints an increased target for arthritis. The shoulder and hand joints are also frequently affected by arthritis due to their own set of stresses. Injuries, weight, occupation, and genetics all affect the extent of arthritis. The degree of arthritis found in each joint varies from person to person. Depending on the extent, anti-inflammatory medication, exercise, weight loss or physical therapy may help control the pain and inflammation caused by arthritis. In most cases, joint surgery is necessary to fully relieve the pain, irritation and other symptoms experienced from arthritis. To learn more about anterior hip replacement and the physicians who perform the procedure.