Osteoarthritis Treatment

Posted on Monday, September 12th, 2011 by anna

With the passage of time, there are a lot of different things which we humans come to accept and accommodate in our lives. Old age is inevitable, and so are the medical conditions associated with it. Osteoarthritis (OA) is one such problem. This is the oldest form of arthritis, and is known by various names, such as degenerative joint disease or degenerative arthritis. Rather than being a single disease, it is an accumulation of different medical abnormalities, which ultimately could lead to the functional or structural failure of one or more of your body parts which it affects.

Osteoarthritis is caused due to:

* Inflammatory joint diseases, such as rheumatoid diseases, chronic gouty arthritis, etc.
* Diabetes
* Septic Arthritis (or infection of a joint)
* ‘Wear and tear’ of the bone cartilage
* Growth of extra bone or ‘spurs’ around a joint
* Obesity

Although old age is related to osteoarthritis, OA is not caused due to aging.

The primary symptom related to osteoarthritis is pain in the joints, typically in the hands, feet, knees, hips, and spine. A characteristic ‘crackling’ noise is often heard when an affected joint is touched or moved.

The treatment of osteoarthritis includes one or more methods as mentioned below:

* Self-care and Physical Therapy: Regular exercises and weight loss can help in delaying the onset of osteoarthritis. However, as OA sets in, exercising becomes excruciatingly painful. Under such circumstances, undergoing physical therapy under an expert is the only option. Depending on the problem area, relevant treatment is administered by a licensed physical therapist. Our manual physical therapy provides much needed relief to OA patients suffering from limited mobility due to joint pain.

* Medicinal treatment: Initially, over-the-counter supplements such as acetaminophenon , glucosamine sulfate, and chondroitin are recommended. However, if these supplements are not effective, Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen and aspirin are administered. Another option available is cortisone injections. When synthetic cortisone is injected directly to the affected joint, it is quite helpful in controlling inflammation. However, Hyalgan injections are recommended for people suffering with acute knee pain. The procedure of injecting Hyalgan in the knee area is complex and can be performed by our experienced healthcare professionals.

* Surgery: Only in severe cases of OA, where either of the above methods fail to provide relief, surgical treatment is the proper course of action and logical next step. The different surgical procedures adopted are osteotomy, arthroplasty, and arthrodesis. And if you need surgery, this clinic will refer you to a surgeon that can help you.

For any further queries, call us today at (847) 282-0171 for a detailed consultation regarding osteoarthritis treatment.

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