Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, affecting millions. It is caused by the breakdown of cartilage, a rubbery material that eases the friction in your joints. It can happen in any joint but usually affects your fingers, thumbs, spine, hips, knees, or big toes. Tabet shares the diagnosis, etiology, and treatment options that are available. Surgical and non-surgical treatment options include noninvasive techniques, medications, injections (both biologic and non- biologic), and lastly surgical remedies. 

Samuel Tabet, MD, a native New Mexican, specialized in sports medicine, trauma and reconstructive surgery at New Mexico Orthopaedics, where he practiced for 34 years before retiring in 2020. In addition to serving as a clinical associate professor at UNM, Tabet is the director of the New Mexico Cartilage Restoration Center and the chief of the New Mexico Sports and Arthroscopy Fellowship Program. Tabet attended UNM Medical School and completed the remainder of his medical training at the University of Oregon.