What is osteoarthritis?
Sometimes referred to as wear-and-tear arthritis, osteoarthritis is one of the most common types of arthritis and causes joint pain and inflammation. It develops due to the wearing away of the protective cartilage in between your joints.
While osteoarthritis can affect any joint in the body, it’s most likely to develop in your knees, hips, hands, and spine. It’s a degenerative condition that tends to worsen over time, but the team at Source Healthcare offers innovative treatments that may reduce your symptoms and slow down the progression of your disease.
What are the symptoms of osteoarthritis?
Your osteoarthritis symptoms tend to develop slowly. While your joint pain may not cause too much trouble at first, as the cartilage thins, your symptoms may be less and less tolerable.
Common osteoarthritis symptoms include:
- Joint pain and tenderness
- Decreased range of motion
- Grating sensation
- Bone spurs
As the cartilage wears away, the other components of your joint may also be affected, including your tendons and ligaments. This can, in turn, affect joint stability in the affected area.
What are the treatments for osteoarthritis?
The team at Source Healthcare offer many treatment options to help improve your osteoarthritis pain. Your treatment plan may depend on the joint affected by the disease, as well as your symptoms and overall health.
Initially, the team may take a conservative approach to the management of your osteoarthritis and recommend:
- Anti-inflammatory medication
- Physical therapy
- Weight loss if you’re overweight or obese
If you fail to get relief from your osteoarthritis pain or your condition worsens, the team may suggest other treatments such as hyaluronic acid injections to improve lubrication between your joints or Coolief*, a cooled radiofrequency treatment for the management of osteoarthritis in the knee.
The team at Source Healthcare also specializes in stem cell therapy. Stem cells have the ability to transform themselves into any type of cell that your body needs.
When used for the treatment of osteoarthritis, stem cells may be able to assist in the formation of new cartilage cells to slow down the progression of your osteoarthritis, reduce your symptoms, and improve joint health and function.
To learn more about your treatment options for osteoarthritis, call Source Healthcare or schedule an appointment online today.