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Arthritis Treatment

What is Osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis is a joint disease that mostly affects cartilage in your joints.  Healthy cartilage, which covers the end of a bone, allows the bones to slide over one another. Cartiladge also helps absorb the shock of movement. Osteoarthritis is caused when the top layer of cartilage breaks down and wears away. This allows bones under the cartilage to rub together. The rubbing causes pain, swelling, and loss of motion of the joint. Over time, the joint may lose its normal shape. Also, bone spurs can grow on the edges of the joint. 

People with osteoarthritis often have joint pain and can't use the joint very well.  Unlike some other forms of arthritis, osteoarthritis affects only joints and not internal organs. Rheumatoid arthritis—the second most common form of arthritis—affects other parts of the body besides the joints. Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis.

Do You Have Osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis can occur in any joint, but most often it's found in the hands, knees, hips, and spine. Warning signs of osteoarthritis are:

  • Stiffness in a joint after getting out of bed or sitting for a long time.
  • Swelling or tenderness in one or more joints.
  • A crunching feeling or the sound of bone rubbing on bone.

If you are experiencing any of these you can schedule an appointment with our doctor who specializes in internal medicine and can provide a treatment plan to reduce the pain and stiffness.

Osteoarthritis Treatment

Your doctor will look at several things including your weight, age, family history and create a treatment plan that may include one or more of these:

  • Exercise
  • Weight control
  • Rest and joint care
  • Nondrug pain relief techniques to control pain
  • Medicine - over the counter or prescription depending on the amount of pain you are experiencing.
  • Complementary and alternative therapies
  • Surgery

If you are experiencing these symptoms you may want to schedule an appointment with a doctor to have an evaluation of your symptoms.

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