Arthritis is one of the most common orthopaedic conditions that almost everyone encounters as they age. It can vary from occasional discomfort to completely debilitating. There are a variety of options for treating arthritis.
Your body is comprised of joints, where two or more bones meet in order to have motion. 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. Arthritic pain is achy in nature and is typically worse in the morning or after prolonged periods of rest. It also can make it difficult, if not impossible to be active due to pain.
Suffering from Arthritis pain? Contact us to learn about treatment options.
Evaluating Arthritis Pain
Evaluation starts with you giving us a history of your problem: when and how it started, how it currently feels, and which treatments you have tried so far. We also ask you about other medical conditions that may contribute to your pain. We do a physical exam to test the structures of your joint. We check your range of motion and strength, and we do special tests that can uncover specific problems. Sometimes we order x-rays to visualize your bones. X-rays can show us things like fractures, spurs, and changes from arthritis.
Treating Pain from Arthritis
Treatment of your pain is very specific to the diagnosis and severity of your symptoms.