Hip and Knee Osteoarthritis in African-Americans
Osteoarthritis is a leading cause of disability, with nearly 27 million affected by joint pain in the US – and African-Americans are even more likely to have arthritis of the hips and knees. If you are limited by hip or knee pain understanding your options is the first step toward getting back to the life you enjoy.
Improving Treatment for Minorities
The infographic on this page summarizes studies which show the risks associated with the fact that African-Americans tend to delay treatment of hip and knee osteoarthritis.
We also know that patients who seek treatment sooner can see better outcomes, but that minorities delay treatment more than others of similar socioeconomic standing. Resolving this treatment disparity for minorities requires us to help ensure patients are aware of treatment options and know how to get help.
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Evaluate your condition
- Do you have hip or knee pain?
- Do the ‘Symptoms’ listed here sound familiar?
Consider your options
- Are you in the Early, Advanced or Severe stage of pain?
- Check the ‘Does this sound like you’ section – sound familiar?
- See ‘Get joint pain under control’ for important next steps.
Seek help if necessary
- Talk to friends and loved ones if they have had similar experiences – and talk to other patients.
- Talk to a doctor. If he/she says surgery is your best option don’t put it off, but ask about non-invasive treatments too.
- If it’s time for joint replacement surgery do your homework (see FAQs below) and talk to an orthopaedic specialist.
All of this and more is summarized in the infographic image on this page. Click the image to view it full size or view a printable version.