Did you know that 1 in 5 adults living in the United States, reports having doctor-diagnosed arthritis? Many people think arthritis is a single disease, but it’s not. Arthritis literally means “joint inflammation.”
Osteoarthritis (OA) is one of the most common forms of arthritis. It is a chronic condition in which the material that cushions the joints, called cartilage, breaks down. This causes the bones to rub against each other, causing stiffness, pain and loss of joint movement. The cause is not fully understood.
Athletic Trainers (AT’s) are health care professionals that work in a variety of settings and with a wide range of patient types. They are sports medicine specialists who focus on injury prevention, acute and emergent care, injury evaluation, diagnosis and rehabilitation, as well as functional return to activity.