If your answer is yes to the any of these questions, you might be suffering from arthritis-a degenerative joint disease, and you may be a candidate for a joint replacement procedure. Arthritis is caused by eventual loss of cartilage lining the joints. Arthritis may cause pain, swelling, stiffness, tenderness, and deformity of the joint and limit your range of motion. Arthritis may be treated by a total joint replacement where the damaged cartilage is removed and a new artificial implant or prosthesis is placed. Consult your physician for your best options.