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Just because osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis in the world doesn’t mean it isn’t serious. When the cartilage between your joints begins to wear down, even the most basic movements can become extremely difficult and painful, keeping you in your seat and damaging your overall quality of life.
At Southland Rheumatology Center, our board-certified, highly experienced team of rheumatologists can provide you with patient-first treatment for your osteoarthritis symptoms. Combining a passion for cutting-edge therapies with a promise to provide conservative treatments that work for you, we’ll deliver the most up-to-date, minimally-invasive alternative therapy for osteoarthritis available. We promise to listen to you thoroughly and help you develop a treatment plan that suits your individual needs.
You deserve relief for your osteoarthritis, and now is the time to receive it from a team that truly cares. Reach out to Southland Rheumatology Center and schedule your first appointment with us today.
Osteoarthritis is a disease that affects the joints, and it primarily causes the cartilage that exists between your bones and the joints themselves to wear down. This results in serious inflammation in the affected bones, initiating a vicious cycle wherein your joints become more stressed and break down further. Ultimately, the bone underneath the affected joint can fail.
Osteoarthritis is typically found in the joints of the hands, hips, knees, and spine. The most common symptoms include the following:
Osteoarthritis usually affects older adults, and it can coincide with other types of arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis and gout.
Treating osteoarthritis mostly comes down to managing your symptoms of pain, discomfort, and loss of mobility. Certain treatment options can help you to restore the function of your affected joint, including the following:
In some severe cases where significant damage has been done, surgical replacement of the affected joint may become necessary. Dr. Nayak and her team will work closely with you and listen to you to determine the best course of action to treat you based on your individual needs.
While rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis both affect your joints, rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder with roots in your immune system, while osteoarthritis is primarily about the degeneration of your joints themselves.
Middle-aged and older adults are at a particularly high risk for osteoarthritis, especially if they are overweight.
Absolutely, especially if you’ve received surgical intervention. Physical therapy is not optional -- it’s an absolutely essential part of your recovery from your osteoarthritis, as much as any other part of your treatment plan. Our is here to collaborate with your rheumatologist and offer you tailor-made care at every step of the way.