The Treatment and Care of Osteoarthritis
Did you know that Arthritis is a disease that affects 50 million Americans and it is the number one reason listed to cause disability in the United States? Arthritis is a catch-all term for more than 100 kinds of diseases that involve complex inflammatory responses that affect the musculoskeletal system of the body. Both young and old people can be affected, and arthritis can affect many different areas of the body. The most common symptoms of most types of arthritis are joint pain, stiffness and loss of motion.
OSC specialists diagnose and treat Osteoarthritis, which is the most common form of the disease. OA is a degenerative and chronic disease that causes the breakdown of cartilage in the joints. The areas of the body most commonly affected by OA are the knee, spine, hip and shoulder, but it can also affect the fingers, wrists, ankles or anywhere there is a joint in the body. Scientists are not sure why OA is a problem for some people and not for others; however, it is known that genetics, being overweight, a history of injury or trauma and old-age are contributing factors.
The physicians at OSC can also treat inflammatory forms of arthritis, such as Rheumatoid or Psoriatic Arthritis, when surgery or pain management is required; however, most other forms of arthritis require management by a Rheumatologist experienced in treating auto-immune and inflammatory diseases.
Arthritis Treatment at OSC
Our Orthopaedic Specialists take a complete medical history, order diagnostic tests and perform a careful physical examination to confirm or rule out the condition. If arthritis is indeed diagnosed, your OSC physician will work with you to determine the best treatment plan for you, based on your medical history, lifestyle, activity level and type of work that you do.
The good news is that there are many different treatments for Osteoarthritis. These treatments can range from recommendations for lifestyle and activity modifications that impact daily life, such as: exercise, nutritional supplements and the use of braces, or assistive aids, like a cane, to ordering conservative medical treatments, like prescription anti-inflammatory medications, steroid injections, visco-supplementation injections, and Physical Therapy. If these treatments do not provide the desired level of pain relief and restored function, surgical intervention is the next viable and successful option available, including partial and total joint replacement and spinal surgeries.
To schedule an appointment at our arthritis center, give us a call at (757) 596-1900.
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