Arthritis and Osteoarthritis – Our program offers hope to patients who are experiencing stiffness and pain.
The most common form of arthritis is called Osteoarthritis (OA). It is essentially due to wear and tear on a joint and increases in incidence as we age.
Our joints contain a firm, rubbery tissue known as cartilage that cushions the adjoining bones of your joints allowing the bones to glide easily over one another. Over time, this cartilage may break down allowing the bones to rub together. Bone spurs or extra bone may form within the joint. In addition, the ligaments around the joint may become weak and stiff. These degenerative changes can result in pain, swelling, and stiffness of your joints. Some people, even though x-rays show the changes of OA, are fortunate and suffer minimal symptoms.
The symptoms of OA usually appear in middle age. Almost everyone has some symptoms by age 70. In some, the symptoms may be minor while others can suffer significant pain and stiffness. The pain is often worse after exercise and when placing weight or pressure on an affected joint. Grating or crackling sounds may occur when you move the joint. Morning stiffness is common with awakening and this tends to improve with mild activities. However, the pain may get worse with ongoing activities and then relieved with resting. Over time, the pain may be present even when resting.
Osteoarthritis can occur in any joint but most often occurs in the spine, hips, knees or hands.
The diagnosis can be made based on the history and physical examination but X-rays may be required.
An x-ray of affected joints will show a decrease in the joint space, at times, associated with joint spurs.
There is no cure for OA. However, with treatment, our program can reduce and often eliminate stiffness and pain allowing individuals to avoid early joint replacement. We have used our biologic treatments most commonly to successfully treat arthritis of the knees, hips and spine.
To learn more about the treatment options available contact us today.