If you have osteoarthritis, you’re not alone. One in five Americans has some form of arthritis (120 different types exist), and one in three people with arthritis experience job limitations due to the disease.
Thankfully, you can make a significant difference in your symptoms and mobility by seeking early diagnosis and prompt treatment. Sutter Health network doctors offer a large number of options including:
- Arthrocentesis — This procedure involves removing fluid from the joint to aid with diagnostics or relieve discomfort.
- Joint Injections — These can deliver medications, such as corticosteroids or hyaluronic acid, directly to your joints to relieve pain and inflammation.
- Pain Medications — These can include over-the-counter pain medications such as acetaminophen and NSAIDs (ibuprofen, aspirin, naproxen). Or, your doctor may prescribe medications like corticosteroids to reduce inflammation.
- Physical and Occupational Therapy — Physical and occupational therapists can help you maintain mobility to do everyday tasks like using a kitchen knife or a pen, or negotiating your steps.
- Surgery — If your arthritis becomes debilitating and medication no longer helps, your doctor may recommend surgery. Experienced orthopedic surgeons offer numerous options to repair or replace the affected joints and tissues. These procedures may involve fusing your joint to build strength, resurfacing the joint or replacing the entire joint with an implant.