Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis, affecting as many as 31 million Americans. For many, osteoarthritis can lead to severe pain and disability, but the pain management specialists at Source Healthcare in Santa Monica, California offer the most innovative treatment options for the management of osteoarthritis. The goals are to reduce your pain and improve your function and quality of life. To schedule a consultation, call the office or book an appointment online today.
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 is most likely to develop in your knees, hips, hands, and spine. It is 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.
Your osteoarthritis symptoms tend to develop slowly. Although 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:
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.
The team at Source Healthcare offers 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:
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.