Are you living with chronic joint pain? Wear-and-tear arthritis—also known as osteoarthritis and degenerative joint disease—cannot be cured; however, it can be treated. In fact, with appropriate osteoarthritis treatment, you may be able to effectively protect your damaged joints and manage your symptoms. This, in turn, may allow you to resume the active, pain-free lifestyle you enjoyed before your joint pain set in.
The latest options in osteoarthritis treatment are available from an exceptional team of orthopedic specialists at Premier Bone & Joint Centers in Rock Springs, Wyoming. Our highly specialized, board-certified physicians, physical therapists, and other medical professionals offer personalized orthopedic care in a caring and comfortable environment.
What Is Osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis can affect any joint in your body, including those in your knees, hips, spine, and hands. The condition is characterized by a gradual thinning of the protective cartilage that cushions the bones in a joint and allows for smooth, pain-free movement. In addition to age-related degeneration (the No. 1 cause), osteoarthritis can result from cumulative wear and tear, participation in high-impact sports, or joint overuse. Some symptoms that may require treatment include pain, inflammation, stiffness, weakness, and restricted range of motion in a joint.
How Is Osteoarthritis Treated?
At Premier Bone & Joint Centers, we work closely with each patient to develop a customized osteoarthritis treatment plan. For instance, many people benefit from a regular regimen of low-impact exercises, which can strengthen the muscles that support a damaged joint, allowing them to absorb some of the force that the joint would normally sustain. Some good options include swimming, cycling, and yoga. Exercise can also lead to weight loss, which in turn can further reduce the pressure on the large joints that help support the body’s weight. Other forms of osteoarthritis treatment include:
- Medications, such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Hot and cold therapy
- Cortisone injections
- Joint replacement surgery (for very severe symptoms)
In addition to osteoarthritis treatment, Premier Bone & Joint Centers is proud to offer both conservative and surgical treatments for a wide variety of sports injuries and other musculoskeletal conditions, including meniscal tears, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears, tendonitis, bursitis, and rotator cuff injuries.
To learn more about osteoarthritis treatment at Premier Bone & Joint Centers, or to schedule a consultation with a physician at our satellite clinic in Rock Springs, WY, please contact us today.