Arthritis symptoms can be effectively managed and treated with a variety of medical modalities. Medical treatments can include oral medications, bracing, activity modifications and physical therapy. There are a variety of injectable treatments available for the joints including hyaluronate (gel injections) which is one of the more popular treatments. A developing line of regenerative treatments are also available such as plasma (prp), stem cell, amniotic fluid and others.
In some cases medical treatment is ineffective due to the severity of the condition and surgery is needed to effectively manage the problem. Non-reconstructive surgery is to debride the joint often arthroscopically to remove damaged cartilage, loose fragments and create smooth surfaces. Reconstructive surgery is to replace the damages surfaces with synthetic implants- partial or total joint replacement.
In cases of spinal arthritis medications, physical therapy, medications, bracing, lifestyle modifications may provide effective relief of symptoms. Spinal injections, radiofrequency nerve ablation and other minimally invasive procedures may be effective at relieving pain when medical treatments fail. Disc replacement, spinal decompression and fusion are reconstructive options that can provide effective long lasting relief.
Arthritis symptoms include joint swelling, tenderness, painful motion and or weightbearing, deformity, loss of motion, difficulty/pain walking and/ or running, pain with activity and/ or rest
Arthritis can affect:
Spinal arthritis can cause stiffness or pain in the neck or back. It may also cause weakness or numbness in the legs or arms if it is severe enough to affect spinal nerves or the spinal cord itself.
Shoulder arthritis often causes stiffness and painful motion with difficulty performing overhead activity, lifting and / or carrying.
Arthritis in the elbow often causes stiffness and pain with activity.
Hand arthritis causes pain and stiffness of the finger joints, swelling of the joints and often deformity of the fingers.
Arthritis in the hip can cause pain in the hip, groin, buttock and knee, limping, stiffness, difficulty putting on shoes and socks
Knee arthritis causes pain in the knee and leg, often swelling, limping, stiffness, difficulty stair climbing and pain at rest.
Foot/Ankle arthritis can cause swelling, stiffness, limping, difficult shoe wear.
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