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Treatment for Osteoarthritis Joint Pain


Osteoarthritis is a slowly progressive joint disease characterized by breakdown of joint cartilage (the tissue lining the end of the bone in a joint space) due to mechanical stress or biochemical changes in the body. This results in degeneration of the affected joints of the joints characterized by bony changes in the joint, deterioration of tendons and ligaments and occasionally some inflammation. OA can affect the spine, the weight bearing joints such as hips and knees, as well as the joints of hands and feet. Some risk factors for OA include older age, obesity, having family members with OA, previous trauma or repetitive use of a joint, previous deformity of a joint. If left untreated, Osteoarthritis can cause chronic pain and significantly impact quality of life.

Here at Southland Rheumatology Center, our board certified rheumatologist, Dr Veena Nayak and her experienced team of licensed clinicians, will provide you with an individualized treatment plan for Osteoarthritis, utilizing a multimodal approach that includes effective targeted medicine combined with an integrated approach of pain relieving techniques, dietary modification and supplements, as well as physical therapy when applicable. This will be done after a thorough evaluation of your medical history, physical examination, and with the use of state of the art diagnostic blood tests and imaging technology. Reach out to Southland Rheumatology Center and schedule your first appointment with us today.

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Osteoarthritis Treatment Options

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:

  • Severe pain in the joints
  • Joint stiffness
  • Swollen, knobby joints
  • A loss of function in the affected joint
  • A grinding or cracking sound in the joints

Osteoarthritis is more prevalent in older adults and can coexist with other types of arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis and gout.

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Personalized Treatment Plans for Osteoarthritis

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:

  • Oral and topical medications for pain and inflammation relief
  • Weight loss and exercise to remove pressure on your joints
  • Corticosteroid joint injections for osteoarthritis 

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is most at risk for osteoarthritis?

Middle-aged and older adults are at a particularly high risk for osteoarthritis, especially if they are overweight.

Will I need physical therapy for osteoarthritis?

Yes! Physical therapy is an absolute essential part of your recovery, as much as any other part of your treatment plan. Our physical therapist is here to collaborate with your rheumatologist and offer you tailor-made care at every step of the way.

What is the difference between rheumatoid arthritis vs osteoarthritis?

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.

How do I get started with the best osteoarthritis specialist near me?

At Southland Rheumatology Center, we make it as simple as possible for you to get back to living your life the way you love to live it. Just use our online scheduling tool to make your appointment, and please feel free to call us at 708-283-2600 with any questions you have prior to your visit. We’re here to help.