This year, COVID-19 has made decisions around surgery tougher than ever for folks who may need one. But one major medical group can help provide some answers.
Racial minorities and patients from lower socioeconomic backgrounds are less likely to undergo total joint arthroplasty (TJA) for degenerative joint disease (DJD). However, when these patients do present for care, little is known about the overall severity of DJD and surgical wait times.
A lifetime of walking, exercising, and moving can take a toll on your cartilage — the smooth, shiny, white connective tissue that covers the ends of bones. The degeneration of this cartilage may lead to arthritis and result in chronic inflammation of your joints.