Osteoarthritis - When to See an Orthopedic Specialist

Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Jeffrey Willers

 

 

According to the Arthritis Foundation, over 50 million adults suffer from arthritis, of which there are dozens of different types. One common type of arthritis is known as osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is a leading cause of hip pain, hand pain, knee pain, and back pain, and a common reason people visit an orthopedic surgeon.

 

Osteoarthritis Causes

The connective tissue that gives a smooth, lubricated surface for movement is called the articular cartilage. Over time - or due to a varitey of other factors - the articular cartilage can wear down. As your articular wears away you may begin to feel joint pain in the form of osteoarthritis. 

There are many potential reasons you could develop osteoarthritis. Some of these include:

 

Osteoarthritis Symptoms

Typically, symptoms begin to appear around the age of 40, or after a traumatic injury. Once exposed to osteoarthritis, you may develop the following symptoms:

In more severe cases, osteoarthritis can deteriorate your everyday lifestyle. If left untreated, your risk of developing additional symptoms increases.

 

Ostheoarthritis Risk Factors

Anyone can develop ostheoarthritis, but the following factors may increase your risk of developing this condition:

 

Osteoarthritis Treatment

While there is no cure for osteoarthritis, an orthopedic specialist - like the ones at Elite Sports Medicine – can develop a treatment plan for you. Some orthopedic doctors prescribe anti-inflammatories, viscosupplementation injections, and cortisone injections to treat the condition.

A physical therapy program can also help strengthen and maintain the muscles around your joint. In some cases, surgery may be recommended for young adults that are suffering from articular cartilage damage

 

Seek Help From an Ostheoarthritis Specialist Near You 

If you are suffering from joint pain, seek help from an orthopedist specializing in arthritis. The surgeons at Elite are some of the best orthopedic surgeons in Nashville, Franklin, and Brentwood, TN.

 

References

“What Is Arthritis?” Arthritis Foundation, The Arthritis Foundation, www.arthritis.org/health-wellness/about-arthritis/understanding-arthritis/what-is-arthritis.

Author
Nick Flory Nick is the Marketing Manager for Elite Sports Medicine + Orthopedics. He has been writing and reviewing medical content since 2018. https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicholasflory/

You Might Also Enjoy...

Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Doctor vs. Podiatrist

When you have a problem with your foot or ankle that requires medical attention, who do you see for treatment — an orthopedist or a podiatrist? Many people think a podiatrist is the same as an orthopedist, but there are several significant differences betw

What Is an Orthopedic Surgeon?

Orthopedic surgeons treat conditions in the knee, shoulder, elbow, back, hand, foot, and more. Learn more about orthopedic surgery and how you can find the best doctor near you. Elite has 12 highly skilled orthopedic surgeons in Nashville, TN.

The Back Doctor - What You Should Know

Do you need to see a back doctor in Nashville, TN? Our team of fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons include some of the best spine specialists near you. Learn about symptoms and prevention of back pain and back conditions.

The Hand Doctor - What You Should Know

Do you need to see a hand doctor in Nashville, TN? Our award-winning orthopedic surgeons include some of the best hand specialists near you. Check out this guide to see if you could live a lower pain lifestyle.

Post Operative Tips from a Hip Doctor

Recovering from hip surgery can be a long process, so it is important to be fully prepared on what to expect. These 5 tips can apply to most hip surgery recoveries. To learn more, talk to a hip surgeon near you.

Patellar Tendonitis

Patellar tendonitis, also known as jumper's knee often occurs in athletes. Swelling, tenderness, and knee pain are all symptoms that can accompany this injury. Learn symptoms, causes, treatment, and more!