Understanding Your Best Treatment Options for Osteoarthritis

Are you tired of putting your life on hold because of osteoarthritis? Do you wake each morning with your joints feeling stiff and sore, or are you feeling excruciating pain at the end of each day? If you’re ready to take control of your life after osteoarthritis, don’t be afraid to ask for help to manage your pain. Our team of osteoarthritis experts at San Diego Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center is ready to create a treatment plan that is right for you.

Osteoarthritis Symptoms

Osteoarthritis occurs when the joint’s cartilage and natural lubrication dissipate through repeated joint movement and injury. Age, weight, family history, and prior injury are all additional risk factors for the disease. The onset of symptoms is gradual for most people, but the timeline and appearance of symptoms can vary for each individual. 

The symptoms of osteoarthritis include a combination of joint pain, stiffness, tenderness, inflammation, swelling, redness, and a clicking or grinding noise. The damage can impact any area of your body, but it typically affects joints in the hands, knees, hips, back, and neck. Though osteoarthritis has no known cure, numerous treatment options are available at San Diego Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center

Know Your Options

At San Diego Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center, your individualized treatment plan depends on the disease’s severity and stage of progression. Because osteoarthritis is degenerative, your doctor may take a more conservative approach to treatment in the beginning. This approach helps prevent unnecessarily invasive treatments. 

If you are in earlier stages of osteoarthritis, acetaminophen or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory over-the-counter medications are suggested to manage pain and reduce swelling.

However, if your disease has progressed into more advanced stages, other treatment options may include: 

If you are ready to take your life back from osteoarthritis, our team of professionals is ready to help you get back up and running. San Diego Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center experts carefully mull over your osteoarthritis symptoms to develop a treatment plan tailored to your individual needs. With determination, treatment, and our team of experts, you’ll be back on your feet in no time. Call us today, or book your appointment online. 

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