Your body is full of joints, where two or more bones meet and move. These bony surfaces are covered by smooth, hard cartilage, which can develop defects through wear and tear, disease, or injury.
Defective cartilage can be painful, limit motion, and cause a click or catch, depending on its location. This is arthritis.
Arthritis is one of the most common orthopedic conditions. Almost everyone encounters arthritis as they age, experiencing anything from occasional discomfort to complete debilitation.
Arthritic pain is achy and is typically worse in the morning or after prolonged rest. It can make it difficult if not impossible to be active.
Fortunately, if you have arthritis pain, there are treatment options. Contact us to learn about treatment options.
Evaluating Arthritis Pain
Our evaluation starts by you giving us a history of your problem: when and how it started, how it feels, and treatments you’ve tried. We’ll ask about other medical conditions that may contribute to your pain, test your joint structures, check your range of motion and strength, and look for specific problems. Sometimes we order X-rays to show fractures, spurs, and changes from arthritis.
Treating Arthritis Pain
Strategies for treating arthritis depend on the diagnosis and severity of your symptoms.