Osteoarthritis Treatment in Arcadia
Physical pain impacts your life in a variety of ways. When you notice pain in your knees or joints, it may interfere with your mobility or your ability to engage in certain activities. At the S.M.A.R.T. Spine Institute and Surgery Center, we understand the challenges of joint pain and offer appropriate treatment based on your needs and situation.
What is Osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis refers to a type of degenerative joint disease causing physical pain and inflammation in your joints. Knee osteoarthritis is a common form of the condition, but it can occur at any joint in your body or in several joints over time.
The condition causes the cartilage in your joints to break down. As a result, you experience pain, swelling and a gradual loss of mobility. The joints do not work as effectively and it may interfere with your normal activities. The condition usually impacts older men and women, but it can occur in any individual during adulthood. As you age, the risk of the condition increases and nearly half of all adults have some form of osteoarthritis in their lifetime.
Symptoms of Osteoarthritis
The signs and symptoms give you the opportunity to seek proper treatment and care. While the symptoms may indicate different forms of arthritis, a professional in our clinic evaluates your situation and identifies the type of condition when you visit for assistance.
Common symptoms of joint or knee osteoarthritis include:
- Swollen joints
- Pain in the joints
- A creaking or stiffness in your joints
- Warmth in the affected area
- Greater stiffness or pain when moving after a period of idleness, such as after getting up from a seat after a movie
The key factor that sets the condition apart from other forms of joint pain and inflammation is the limitations of the pain. Since it stems from repetitive motions or movements, it does not impact the internal organs or other areas of your body.
Treatments We Offer
Treatments we offer for arthritis in Arcadia depend on your symptoms and the severity of the joint damage. At our clinic, we use diagnostic tools like an x-ray to determine the extent of the damage before recommending a treatment plan. We also make sure that the pain does not stem from other factors or complications.
PRP injections, or platelet rich plasma injections, helps with joint pain and inflammation. At our clinic, we may recommend PRP therapy to encourage natural healing. Since the PRP injections are made from your own blood platelets, it has a low risk of negative reactions and it works with your body's healing processes. We inject the plasma directly into the affected area.
We may suggest stem cell therapy in certain situations. Stem cell therapy is a regenerative therapy focusing on encouraging the growth of cartilage in the joints. By increasing the amount of cartilage in the joints, you reduce the discomfort and pain from joint damage. The treatment uses stem cells to encourage the natural growth of new cartilage cells. It is an alternative to surgical procedures, which may have negative side effects.
Along with the treatments to encourage healing and regeneration in your body, we may suggest combined therapies to help with your joint pain. Anti-inflammatory medications help with the symptoms by reducing the inflammation and swelling the joints. We also recommend devices that reduce pain on your joints. We may suggest a cane, crutches or splints to limit stress on the joint. When combined with exercise, nutrition, and cortisone injections, you manage the pain and encourage healing.
Visit S.M.A.R.T. Spine Institute and Surgery Center for Osteoarthritis Treatment
S.M.A.R.T. Spine Institute and Surgery Center offers treatments for osteoarthritis in Arcadia. To learn more about our process or for an appointment with an experienced professional, call 626-513-0840 to contact us today.