Arthritis is one of the most common orthopaedic conditions that almost everyone encounters as they age. It can vary from occasional discomfort to completely debilitating. There are a variety of options for treating arthritis.
Your body is comprised of joints, where two or more bones meet in order to have motion. These bony surfaces are covered by hard cartilage and should ideally be smooth. Over time, this hard cartilage can have defects or thin due to wear and tear, disease, or an injury. It can be painful, limit motion and cause a click or catch depending on its location. Arthritic pain is achy in nature and is typically worse in the morning or after prolonged periods of rest. It also can make it difficult, if not impossible to be active due to pain.
Suffering from Arthritis pain? Contact us to learn about treatment options.
Evaluating Arthritis Pain
Evaluation starts with you giving us a history of your problem: when and how it started, how it currently feels, and which treatments you have tried so far. We also ask you about other medical conditions that may contribute to your pain. We do a physical exam to test the structures of your joint. We check your range of motion and strength, and we do special tests that can uncover specific problems. Sometimes we order x-rays to visualize your bones. X-rays can show us things like fractures, spurs, and changes from arthritis.
Treating Pain from Arthritis
Treatment of your pain is very specific to the diagnosis and severity of your symptoms.
Lifestyle modifications, including resting the affected joint, changing your daily activities to avoid painful situations, riding an exercise bike with no resistance to smooth and polish the joint, and doing exercises to strengthen weak muscles.
Medications can help with arthritis. Non-steroidal medications (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen or naproxen can relieve inflammation. If the inflammation is severe, then a short burst of a steroid medication may be an option. Medications like acetaminophen (Tylenol) can help to control your pain.
Cortisone injections are used to target a specific location in your joint using a powerful anti-inflammatory medication.
Viscosupplementation Injections are used to help lubricate the knee assisting with arthritis pain in the knee.
Physical therapy is a form of treatment that focuses on getting your muscles and joints to work properly together when you move. Physical Therapists can identify and address these muscle imbalances through corrective exercises. They may give you a series of take-home exercises to help return you to regular activities pain-free.
Unloader Braces are available to help with arthritis pain in the knee if only one portion of the knee is problematic.
Surgery may be the next option for arthritis if all other treatment options have been exhausted. Each joint has its own options for replacement surgeries and luckily here at the Klasinski Clinic we have providers that specialize in each option.