Your body is comprised of joints, where two or more bones meet and move. These bony surfaces are covered by hard cartilage and should ideally be smooth. Over time, this hard cartilage can have defects or thin due to wear and tear, disease, or an injury. It 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 periods of rest. It can make it difficult if not impossible to be active.
Fortunately, if you’re suffering from 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 also ask about other medical conditions that may contribute to your pain. We do a physical exam to 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.