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Arthritis Treatment

Arthritis: Diagnosis & Treatment

Arthritis is a general condition related to the joint health such as your writs, knees, hips or fingers. In fact, 1 out of 5 people suffers from this condition, especially those in their senior years. It is known as the inflammation of one or more joints. Severe arthritis can result in chronic pain, inability to do daily activities and make it difficult to walk or climb stairs.

Unfortunately, there is no sure way to prevent arthritis. But you can help reduce your risk and delay the potential onset of certain types of arthritis.

Diagnosis

Before a doctor determines the adequate treatment for a patient with joint pain, he or she must take into consideration the symptoms, perform a physical exam, check for swollen joints or loss of motion. Your clinician will order a blood test and X-Ray screening to confirm the diagnosis. The most common symptoms include:

  • Swelling
  • Joint Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Decreased range of motion

Treatment

Depending on the diagnosis of your physicians, arthritis can be treated in different ways.

Occupational Therapy

With the help of an occupational therapist, you can learn easier ways to do your normal activities. Such as; avoiding positions that strain your joints, use your strongest joints and muscles while paring weaker ones, provide braces or supports to protect certain joints, use grab bars in the bath, use modified doorknobs, canes, or walkers, or use devices to help you with tasks such as opening jars or pulling up socks and zippers.

Medical Treatment

Medical treatment will depend on the nature of your condition, the main goal for this is to reduce inflammation and improve the function of the joints. Your doctor will prescribe anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce the pain. When the painkillers are not working, the next step that your doctor will suggest is the use of injections to lubricate and ease the pain and stiffness of your affected joint. One of our most effective treatment at the Knee Pain Clinic is the use of hyaluronic acid.

Surgery

When the pain and inflammation have become truly unbearable and therapy or medications are not doing their job, surgery is the last option to relieve your pain. There is a variety of surgeries the most common ones are synovectomy, where your doctors remove the damage connective tissue lining, a joint cavity. The second option to surgery is a total or partial joint replacement.

Knee Pain Clinic, a reliable alternative to Knee Surgery

Our physicians use an FDA Approved visco-supplementation (hyaluronic acid) injections. This compound is normally found in joints and naturally produced by your body. The results as some of our patients say are awesome! Call today to set up your free info-visit and get more information on how the Knee Pain Clinic can help you return to your activities in no time.