Arthritis is a group of conditions that cause pain and damage to the joints of the human body. The main type of arthritis is Osteoarthritis (OA) which is also known as Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD). OA targets the cartilage that protects the joints and is a chronic condition. As a result, bone rubs on bone and the joint space decreases. Key symptoms commonly associated with OA are pain, joint stiffness, morning stiffness, decreased range of motion and difficulty performing daily tasks. Nearly one in three adults suffer from swollen, stiff and painful joints as a result of arthritis, and it is the most common chronic ailment among the elderly.
At US Healthcare we will perform a thorough evaluation and create a customized treatment plan to help get you back on the road to recovery. Treatment of arthritis typically involves a combination of physical therapy, assistive devices to unload stress on the joint (canes, crutches or splints), daily exercise, weight loss for overweight patients, and possibly even participation in an exercise program. In the event that conservative treatment isn’t enough, we will refer you to our on-staff Pain Management physician for further evaluation to see if you are a candidate for cortisone or viscosupplementation (Synvisc-One) injections.
If arthritis is left untreated the cartilage surrounding the joint will continue to breakdown and symptoms will continue to exacerbate. It is imperative that people suffering from OA be proactive and attack the disease promptly in order to achieve maximum results and prevent joint replacements.