What is Osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is the most common joint disease with the Center of Disease Control reporting 27 million Americans suffering from its chronic symptoms of joint pain, inflammation, and stiffness. Although osteoarthritis can occur in any joint, it is most often found in the knees, hips, and fingers. In these joints, osteoarthritis most often occurs because the cartilage that covers the ends of bones begins to wear away due to repetitive movements, injury or overuse. The friction of the bones rubbing against each other causes inflammation, stiffness and pain.
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Symptoms of Osteoarthritis
If you are experiencing stiffness accompanied with pain in your joints when you wake in the morning or after a period of inactivity, then you may have osteoarthritis. You may discover that you cannot move the affected joint in the complete range of motion. Because osteoarthritis continues to worsen over time, it is important to be diagnosed by an orthopedic specialist who can recognize the symptoms and provide proper treatment.
Orthopedic Centers of America is not involved in prescribing narcotics for pain to mask the symptoms. Instead, the physicians will diagnose the underlying cause of your pain and develop a personalized treatment plan for you.
Cause of Osteoarthritis
Many people do not realize that anyone can have osteoarthritis. Young people who have experienced a sports injury or an injury from an accident will most likely develop osteoarthritis in the injured joint. Dislocated joints, ligament injuries and repetitive strain may cause osteoarthritis to develop. Although osteoarthritis, sometimes referred to as degenerative joint disease, is a progressive disease, there are strategies to slow the progression and live with less pain.
At Orthopedic Centers of America, our board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic physicians have the expertise and experience to address your pain and help you start on the road of recovery. Join the 30,000 patients who have already found relief. Call 1-888-549-0835 to speak with a patient coordinator who can match you with an orthopedic specialist near you. You will be glad you made the free call!
Risk Factors for Osteoarthritis
The following are some of the risk factors for osteoarthritis.
- Older adults are prone to osteoarthritis due to the wear and tear on their joints.
- Sex – Before the age of 50 both men and women are equally prone to osteoarthritis. After the age of 55, women most often experience this degenerative joint disease.
- Joint Injuries may cause osteoarthritis to form at the place of injury.
- Repetitive movements from your job or hobby may cause you to develop osteoarthritis, depending upon the frequency and wear and tear on certain joints.
- Being overweight places additional stress on joints and speeds the progression of osteoarthritis.
- Hemophilia patients who have bleeding near a joint may develop osteoarthritis.
- Genetics play a large part in determining the incidence of osteoarthritis.
Non-Surgical Treatment for Osteoarthritis
No longer is osteoarthritis considered a disease that must be endured. In fact, it is best to treat this joint disease as early as possible to slow its progression. There are non-surgical methods that may alleviate your pain, and your orthopedic specialist will suggest a conservative therapy that is also effective for your situation. Several non-surgical solutions may delay the need for surgery or completely preserve your joint. The following are several non-surgical options:
- Non-steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Medications – these may help with the pain and inflammation that occurs with osteoarthritis.
- Medications – Other medications have been shown to be effective with degenerative joint disease and may be considered as an option.
- Physical Therapy can provide exercises to increase your flexibility and strengthen the muscles responsible for maintaining joint and skeletal stability.
- Injections, such as cortisone or hyaluronic acid, a more lubricating substance, may be considered when exercise and OTC medicines are not effective.
- Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) are the proteins and growth factors found in your blood. Your physician will process the PRP and inject it into your joint to increases circulation, minimize your pain and start the healing process.
- Cell Therapy is usually reserved for more advanced cases and used as either an injection into the joint or as an adjuvant to minimally-invasive surgery.
Surgical Treatments for Osteoarthritis
When more conservative methods do not reduce joint pain, swelling and stiffness, minimally-invasive surgical treatments may be considered. Several of these options include:
- Arthroscopy – The orthopedic surgeon will insert a small tube with a camera into the joint space and will use thin instruments to remove damaged cartilage or bone fragments in the joint.
- Partial or full joint replacement – Depending on the level of joint damage and the severity of osteoarthritis, your physician may recommend joint replacement to provide pain relief and restored mobility. Your individual condition will determine if you need a partial or complete joint replacement.
Don’t delay! If you are experiencing joint pain and stiffness that occurs upon waking or after inactivity. Preserve your joints by calling Orthopedic Centers of America at 1-888-549-0835 to speak with a patient coordinator and be matched with an expert orthopedic specialist in your area. It’s a free call, and one that you will be glad you made!