What is Osteoarthritis?
Cartilage is present in healthy joints and covers the end of each bone to help cushion and reduce friction. The padding provided by this rubber-like cartilage offers a smooth surface and is a barrier in preventing the “bone on bone” feeling that people with Osteoarthritis often experience. Because of Osteoarthritis, this cartilage breaks down over time. It continues to worsen if left untreated, and the bones themselves may break down, bone spurs also known as “osteophytes”, can develop, or pieces of bone can break off and further compromise the joint. Inflammation then occurs, causing proteins and enzymes to develop, increasing damage to the cartilage. In its final stages, the cartilage can wear down or dissolve, bringing even more discomfort and damage to the joint.
Treatment for Osteoarthritis
Treatment for osteoarthritis and arthritis tends to be non-invasive or minimally invasive. They are therefore conservative. Initial treatment of osteoarthritis and other types of arthritis will often include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, known as NSAIDs. Common NSAIDs are naproxen and ibuprofen, and these medications work to alleviate the pain and inflammation associated with arthritis. Other forms of treatment may include:
- Physical therapy, weight loss and exercise programs to reduce excess weight on the joints, and to improve joint flexibility
- Accommodations like special grips or bathtub handle to lessen pain and stress on the joints
- Joint injections of steroids or hyaluronic acid
- Medical blocks – to ease immediate of pain, and reduce irritation and inflammation in spinal joints
- Partial or full joint replacement – this is recommended in the most severe cases
Find Effective Dallas Osteoarthritis Treatment
Hyaluronic acid is a natural component of joint fluid, but it has been found to be broken down when osteoarthritis is present. Injections of hyaluronic acid are a widely recognized non-surgical option to replace this lubricant and are helpful in aiding mobility and reducing pain. Steroid injections also relieve the inflammation associated with arthritis, gout, bursitis and other conditions. However, the supervision of a highly qualified physician, such as Dallas TX Spine Specialist Dr. Jones-Quaidoo, is recommended for a full evaluation of the condition and the most suitable treatment option. Dr. Jones-Quaidoo can help diagnose and provide treatment for Osteoarthritis in Dallas, Plano, and surrounding cities.
Schedule Osteoarthritis Treatment in Dallas TX
To discuss the causes and treatment of Osteoarthritis, contact Spinevue at (214) 452-7705 to schedule a consultation today, or click the “book online” link on our webpage. Named as the Best Spine Surgeon in Dallas by D Magazine for two years in a row, Dr. Jones-Quaidoo specializes in degenerative spine conditions such as the treatment of Osteoarthritis. His compassionate care has been acclaimed by patients and peers alike. Don’t suffer from the effects of Osteoarthritis any longer.