Osteoarthritis

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What is it?

Osteoarthritis

Arthritis is a progressive condition that affects your joints. There are different types of arthritis, most common are from wear and tear (osteoarthritis) or from autoimmune disorders (rheumatoid, psoriatic, lupus) that attack your joints. The Interventional Pain Doctors team of spine and pain management specialists can help determine the cause of your arthritis and lay out a personalized treatment plan to get you feeling better. With early treatment most people can avoid the devastating impact of untreated joint damage. Contact us to schedule a consultation.

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What is it?

Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis and causes joint pain and inflammation. It develops due to the wearing away of the protective cartilage between your joints. While osteoarthritis can affect any joint in the body, it’s most likely to develop in your shoulders, knees, hips, hands, and spine. It’s a degenerative condition that tends to worsen over time, but the Interventional Pain Doctors team of spine and pain management specialists offers non-surgical, innovative treatments that may reduce your symptoms and slow down the progression of your disease.

Symptoms

Your osteoarthritis symptoms tend to develop slowly unless there is a traumatic injury. Over time, symptoms progress and become more limiting. Most common are joint pain and limited range of motion.

Treatment

The Interventional Pain Doctors offer many treatment options to help improve your osteoarthritis pain and limit the progression of the disease. Your treatment plan may depend on the joint affected by the disease, as well as your symptoms and overall health. Initially, the team will take a conservative approach to the management of osteoarthritis including anti-inflammatories, physical therapy, and weight loss. If conservative measures are ineffective, the Interventional Pain Doctors team of spine and pain management specialists offer platelet rich plasma and stem cell treatments. Each of these treatments use your own body’s regenerative capabilities to slow the progression of osteoarthritis, reduce your pain, and improve your joint function.

Other Types of Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and lupus are less common forms of arthritis and result from an autoimmune disorder whereby the body attacks itself.

This type of arthritis, also called "degenerative joint disease," is a breakdown of the cartilage in your hip joint. As this protective cartilage wears away, bone rubs against bone. Bony growths called "bone spurs" may form in the joint. Pain from osteoarthritis can keep you from being as active as you like.

Knee pain may keep you from being as active as you like. And it may come from a gradual breakdown of your knee's cartilage. That's a protective tissue on the ends of your bones. In a healthy knee, the bones glide smoothly against each other. But in a knee with osteoarthritis, cartilage begins to wear away. Bone rubs against bone. Bony bumps we call "bone spurs" may form.

Osteoarthritis, also called degenerative arthritis, is a gradual breakdown of cartilage in the joints. Cartilage is a tough, flexible connective tissue that protects the ends of bones in the joints. Osteoarthritis of the shoulder can severely impact a person's lifestyle.

Symptoms of Autoimmune Arthritis

Pain in multiple joints around the body, joint swelling and stiffness, constant fatigue, anemia and fever are common symptoms.

Treatment

There are blood tests that can be used to check for inflammation and genetic markers of these types of arthritis. Early diagnosis and treatment is essential in providing the best chance for avoiding long term complications and joint damage. The Interventional Pain Doctors team of spine and pain management specialists can diagnose your condition and tailor an individualized treatment plan.

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