Osteoarthritis Specialist

Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center

Orthopedic Surgeons & Sports Medicine Specialists located in St. Joseph, MO

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, a chronic disease that causes joint pain for millions of Americans. At Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center, the orthopedic team specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of osteoarthritis. The team offers a variety of nonsurgical solutions to slow the progression of osteoarthritis and relieve your pain. They also are experts in joint replacement surgery for severely damaged joints to restore your mobility and provide you with long-lasting pain relief. Call the orthopedic office in St. Joseph, Missouri, to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online today.

Osteoarthritis Q&A

What is osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis is a chronic disease that describes the breaking down of the protective cartilage within a joint.

In a healthy joint, cartilage cushions your bones and prevents them from rubbing together. As you get older or because of injury, the cartilage wears away and no longer protects your joints. Bones rubbing together creates friction and inflammation that can lead to chronic joint pain and:

  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Loss of flexibility
  • Limited range of motion

You may also develop bone spurs around the affected joint, which can press on nearby nerves and cause additional pain. Without treatment, osteoarthritis can progress and cause severe pain, disability, and joint deformities.

When should I seek treatment for osteoarthritis?

In the early stages of osteoarthritis, you may be able to treat joint stiffness and swelling with over-the-counter medications, ice therapy, and rest.

If these treatments aren’t enough to relieve your joint pain, or if your joint pain worsens even with activity modification, you should schedule a diagnostic evaluation with the team at Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center.

The orthopedic specialists use on-site magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and other diagnostic technologies to evaluate the health of your joint and confirm osteoarthritis. They also review your medical history and physically examine the joint to determine what treatments are right for you.

How is osteoarthritis treated?

The team at Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center customizes treatment plans for osteoarthritis to your specific needs.

If over-the-counter medications aren’t working, they may prescribe anti-inflammatory medications and pain relievers to address your symptoms. 

Your provider might also offer injection therapies that deliver anti-inflammatory and anesthetic medicines directly into your joint to relieve pain and swelling.

Physical therapy is also an effective way to strengthen the muscles that support your joint, so you can regain your joint mobility.

If you have advanced osteoarthritis that’s causing a disability or a joint deformity, you may be a candidate for joint replacement surgery. This type of surgery is usually a last-resort treatment option for chronic pain. 

The procedure involves the removal of all or part of your damaged joint, so the team can replace it with an artificial device that works like your natural joint.

You don’t have to live with chronic joint pain. Call Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center to schedule a diagnostic evaluation or book a consultation online today.