Every year, millions of people around the world report to their doctors with joint pain brought on by wear and tear. Also known as wear and tear arthritis, osteoarthritis occurs when the protective cartilage on your bone’s is naturally worn down with the onset of age. Fortunately, a spine specialist can help you manage your pain and slow the disease’s progression. Here is a brief overview of the causes, symptoms, and treatments of osteoarthritis.
Symptoms Osteoarthritis symptoms often develop slowly and become worse over time, so it’s important to check in with your spine doctor and pain management specialists as soon as you begin to feel joint pain. Osteoarthritis may occur in just one spot—such as the spine, hip, ankle, wrist, or shoulder—or it may occur in different places all over the body. Patients report joint stiffness, a loss of flexibility, pain and tenderness, or a grating sensation when moving the joint. If you have pain or stiffness that lasts for more than a few weeks, it’s time to see a doctor.
Causes Cartilage is a firm and slippery tissue that enables your bones and joints to move against each other in a painless, frictionless motion. With age, this cushioning tissue deteriorates and becomes rough. If you do not seek treatment from a pain doctor to slow the course of osteoarthritis, your cartilage may wear down completely.
Treatments While there is no known cure for this painful condition, a spine specialist can help you reduce your pain and maintain joint movement. Osteoarthritis may be treated with over-the-counter acetaminophen to relieve pain and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to take on inflammation. Your doctor may also recommend physical therapy, braces or shoe inserts, prescription medications, or cortisone shots.
Is your osteoarthritis pain holding you back? The experienced doctors at Pain Specialists of Orange County are leading board certified pain management specialists. Whether you suffer from headaches, have chronic lower back pain, or have just begun to experience symptoms of osteoarthritis, be proactive about your pain treatment plan by calling (888) 699-1334 to book an appointment at our Laguna Hills, Mission Viejo, or Irvine office.