Arthritis Pain Relief
Arthritis is one of the most common ailments affecting the functioning of the joints – and not just among older people.
The term arthritis refers to a group of more than 100 musculoskeletal diseases that lead to severe stiffness and swelling. Some types of arthritis are caused by a reduction in the amount of cartilage – the connective tissue in your joints that absorbs pressure and shock.
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. It occurs when the cartilage at the ends of your bones wears down. This happens naturally over time but can be exacerbated by an injury or an infection in the joint. Also, if you have a history of the disease in your family, your risk of developing osteoarthritis can be higher.
Nonsurgical Treatments for Osteoarthritis
Arthritis can be debilitating, causing severe pain and immobility. Although arthritis is incurable, it can be treated to help you manage your pain and, thus, improve your quality of life.
Typical nonsurgical treatments for osteoarthritis include:
- Physical therapy
- Joint fluid therapy (Viscosupplementation) injections for knee arthritis
Once cartilage is gone and the bones are rubbing against each other, however, joint replacement surgery may be needed. Practically any joint in the body can be replaced, but the most common procedures involve hip and knee replacement.
Orthopaedic Care for Arthritis in Crown Point, Indiana
If you are suffering from arthritic pain, contact Orthopaedic Surgical Consultants today at (219) 662-2279 to arrange an appointment with one of our highly skilled specialists or use our convenient online request form to schedule your appointment.