Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease that affects millions of people worldwide. It is a condition that occurs when the cartilage that cushions the joints breaks down, leading to pain, stiffness, and reduced mobility.
Causes of Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis can be caused by a variety of factors including:
- Age: As people age, the cartilage in their joints begins to break down, leading to osteoarthritis.
- Genetics: Some people are more likely to develop osteoarthritis due to their genetic makeup.
- Joint injuries: People who have had joint injuries, such as fractures or dislocations, are more likely to develop osteoarthritis.
- Obesity: Being overweight or obese can put added pressure on the joints, leading to osteoarthritis.
Symptoms of Osteoarthritis
The symptoms of osteoarthritis can vary depending on the location of the affected joint, but some common symptoms include:
- Pain: Osteoarthritis can cause pain in the affected joint, especially when performing certain activities.
- Stiffness: The joint may feel stiff, especially after periods of inactivity.
- Reduced range of motion: Osteoarthritis can cause a reduced range of motion in the affected joint.
- Cracking or popping sounds: The affected joint may make cracking or popping sounds when moved.
There are several treatment options available for osteoarthritis, including:
- Medications: Over-the-counter pain relievers such as acetaminophen or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can help to alleviate pain. In more severe cases, prescription medications may be necessary.
- Physical therapy: Physical therapy can be helpful in improving mobility and reducing pain.
- Injection therapies: Corticosteroid injections can help to reduce inflammation and alleviate joint pain.
- Assistive devices: Devices such as canes, braces, or shoe inserts can help to reduce pressure on the affected joint.
- Weight loss: If obesity is contributing to the osteoarthritis, losing weight can help to reduce the strain on the joint.
- Surgery: In severe cases, surgery may be necessary to replace the damaged joint.
Most interventional pain procedures are done at the onsite procedure suite.
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