Racial/ethnic disparities in the use of joint replacement surgery for knee and hip osteoarthritis (OA) have long been described. Whether these represent differences in the frequency and severity of OA at various joint sites or differences in patient preference, access to medical care, or other factors has been the source of considerable study in the last 10 to 15 years. This article emphasizes racial/ethnic differences in, and factors associated with, the use or lack of use of various therapeutic interventions for OA, and new insights into potential mechanisms underlying these disparities, with an eye toward understanding how effective modalities might be applied in various populations likely to benefit.
HSS Journal, an academic peer-reviewed journal published three times a year, February, July and October. The Journal accepts and publishes peer reviewed articles from around the world that contribute to the advancement of the knowledge of musculoskeletal diseases and disorders.