Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and can be a debilitating condition to live with. As the tissue in joints deteriorates, movement can cause serious and constant pain, severely limiting mobility. Our team at Coryell Health in Gatesville, TX, is committed to helping our patients successfully manage and recover from their conditions. Here, we’ll break down how osteoarthritis is diagnosed and how it can be treated.
How Is Osteoarthritis Diagnosed?
Many of our patients experience the effects of osteoarthritis long before they come in for a proper diagnosis, though it’s not uncommon to experience no symptoms. In most cases, regular pain and swelling are the most common symptoms. When patients arrive, there are several ways we’ll look at their joints.
First, we’ll check the affected joint for swelling, pain, and any limitations on motion. If a further look is needed, we may suggest diagnostic imaging including X-rays or MRIs, as well as lab testing. These methods help identify different aspects of osteoarthritis, such as bone spurs, and also rule out other causes, such as infections.
How Is It Treated?
Luckily, there are plenty of treatment options. Over-the-counter NSAIDS—nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs—like ibuprofen can help with arthritis pain management and inflammation reduction at home. There are also physical therapy options to strengthen muscles around the joint and increase range of motion. If these treatments aren’t effective, cortisone and lubrication injections can be used for pain management and improving joint motion. Surgery is an option for the most serious cases of arthritis, and usually consists of realigning bones or replacing joint surfaces.
How Can Coryell Health Help?
Coryell Health Orthopedics offers convenient, expert care in orthopedics, orthopedic spine, and sports medicine. No longer do you need to drive out of town to get quality orthopedic care.
Board certified orthopedic surgeons, Dr. Jacob Battle and Dr. Lance Ellis, work with people of all ages and abilities to develop individualized and comprehensive treatment programs – from injury prevention and evaluation to orthopedic surgery and post-injury rehabilitation.
If you’re dealing with osteoarthritis, related forms of arthritis, or other health issues, turn to our team at Coryell Health Medical Clinic. We’re proud to offer orthopedic of services to residents in Gatesville, Waco, Glen Rose, Copperas Cove, Comanche, Clifton, and surrounding areas.
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