Facts About Hip And Knee Arthri­tis

MidWeek (Hawaii) - - Front Page - In­ter­viewed By Kelli Shi­roma

Where did you re­ceive your school­ing and train­ing, and how long have you been in prac­tice?

I com­pleted med­i­cal school at the John A. Burns School then com­pleted my or­tho­pe­dic surgery res­i­dency train­ing at Duke Univer­sity Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Durham, North Carolina. Fol­low­ing res­i­dency, I re­ceived my sub­spe­cialty train­ing in hip and knee re­place­ment at the Joint Im­plant Sur­geons Clinic in New Al­bany, Ohio. I joined Ortho af­ter com­plet­ing my train­ing and have been in prac­tice for about one year.

Tell us more about Or­tho­pe­dic As­so­ci­ates of Hawai i.

Or­tho­pe­dic As­so­ci­ates of est, old­est or­tho­pe­dic prac­tice. We cur­rently com­prise 10 physi­cians and have spe­cial­ists in sports medicine, joint re­place­ment, and foot and an­kle, and hand surgery. have satel­lite clin­ics on the Big Is­land.

Why did you spe­cial­ize in hip and knee arthri­tis?

As a third-gen­er­a­tion or­tho­pe­dic sur­geon, I de­vel- oped an early in­ter­est in the field of or­tho­pe­dic surgery. Or­tho­pe­dic pa­tients have of- ten lost the abil­ity to par­tic­i­pate in phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity, due to an in­jury or painful joint. I en­joy be­ing able to help my pa­tients by re­pair­ing their in­jured joint and re­turn­ing them to a highly func­tional state.

Un­like other or­tho­pe­dic is in­jury, arthri­tis of­ten af­fects peo­ple with­out a spe­cific in­jury and can se­verely lim I chose to spe­cial­ize in the man­age­ment of hip and knee arthri­tis be­cause I thought it gave me the best op­por­tu­nity to help peo­ple and im­prove

What do you want peo­ple to know about hip or knee arthri­tis?

Arthri­tis is a generic term ma­tion and swelling in one or more joints of the body. The most com­mon types of arthri­tis are os­teoarthri­tis and rheuma­toid arthri­tis, but there are more than 100 types of arthri­tis.

Arthri­tis can af­fect any com­mon in weight-bear­ing joints such as the hip and knee. Hip or knee arthri­tis can

Dr. An­drew B. Richard­son gives an ini­tial exam to a pa­tient with knee pain at his Hale Pawa‘a of­fice.

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