31 Jul Symptoms and Types of Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis is a joint disease that typically affects the elderly and those who have suffered serious injuries to the knees, hips, hands or back. The most common symptoms are joint stiffness and pain. Exercise, medication and weight loss can help relieve pain and improve mobility. We also invite you to learn more about Dr. Nikesh Seth and other providers including Dr. Anne-Marie Cosijns, Dr. Lisa Sparks, Dr. Michael Givens, and our team of Nurse Practitioners.
Symptoms of Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis tends to result in pain, especially later in the day after significant use. Stiffness is common in the mornings when you first wake up. If you are inactive for extended periods of time during the day, you may also experience stiffness then.
Inflammation and warmth can also occur after movement. In severe cases, patients experience a total loss of cartilage. This can cause friction between the bones, which can lead to pain when you’re resting or in motion.
Types of Osteoarthritis
- Gonarthrosis. This is osteoarthritis of the knee. In most cases, both knees are affected. Excess weight and sports are the two biggest factors. Physical therapy is the initial treatment, followed by prescription drugs and surgery.
- Coxarthrosis. This is a type of osteoarthritis that affects the hip joint. There are two types. Primitive coxarthrosis affects those over 60 years of age who have a normal hip. Secondary coxarthrosis occurs in younger patients who have hip dysplasia. Non-drug treatments play a huge role in treatment.
- Rhizarthrosis. This is osteoarthritis of the thumb. It is fairly common, mainly affecting postmenopausal women. The most common symptom is pain, which is relieved by rest. Splints and exercises are used initially, followed by medications and surgery.
Treatment for Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis where the cartilage that provides a buffer between bones breaks down and wears away. This creates the opportunity for the bones to rub and grind against each other whereby causing pain. A variety of treatment options exist, and Integrated Pain Consultants is happy to help diagnose your condition and provide appropriate treatment. The most common forms of treatment include:
- Facet joint injections
- Viscosupplementation injections
- Corticosteroid injections
- Hyaluronic acid injections
- Narcotic pain relievers
There are a variety of joint treatment options available for those who suffer from osteoarthritis with varying goals, and they are considered to be an option to treat pain, reduce inflammation, and diagnose conditions.
Manage Your Osteoarthritis With Help From Scottsdale Pain Management Experts Integrated Pain Consultants
You can now get help for your aches and pains. Dr. Nikesh Seth is a board certified pain management expert who has helped many Scottsdale residents alleviate their discomfort from osteoarthritis. He has the experience and training to help you as well. Get started on a journey to wellness by booking your appointment online today.