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What is the Best Way to Treat Osteoarthritis?

As the leading rheumatologists in South Jersey, we help patients living with osteoarthritis find relief from the pain, stiffness, inflammation, and loss of mobility that comes with this progressive, degenerative joint disease.

Unlike rheumatoid arthritis, which attacks joint tissue due to problems in the immune system, osteoarthritis (OA) can be caused by the normal wear and tear of our daily lives.  Lifestyle factors such as obesity or constant repetitive movements that wear down cartilage can make osteoarthritis worse in the joints over time.

In other words, while a diagnosis of OA means plenty of challenges ahead, it’s certainly no cause for panic. Our specialists can offer plenty of options for patients looking for OA relief, including all of the following:  

Injection Therapy

Some osteoarthritis sufferers experience a loss of synovial fluid in their knees, leaving their knee joints without the lubrication necessary to move freely. We can help restore some of those fluids through injection therapy, also known as viscosupplementation. These injections can reduce pain and facilitate comfortable movement for up to six months.

Physical Therapy

Regular range of motion exercises with a trained therapist can help to alleviate joint stiffness and help OA patients maintain healthy movement patterns. Hydrotherapy, or aqua therapy, offers patients the opportunity to increase range of motion and strengthen their joints and muscles in a low-impact setting.

Medicine

Medication can be a helpful addition to a treatment plan, allowing patients to manage OA symptoms and increase mobility while slowing the progression of the disease. Doctors might recommend simple over-the-counter remedies such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen, naproxen, or they might prescribe corticosteroids such as prednisone or cortisone. As mentioned above, injections of hyaluronic acid can be an effective remedy for pain and stiffness in knee joints.

What medicinal remedy and method of delivery works best for you? Your doctor will assess your specific condition, symptoms, and personal preferences to devise a customized treatment strategy.

Lifestyle Changes

The challenge of living with OA can be the gateway to a healthier lifestyle, as we’ve illustrated in this infographic.

The Right Doctors

Finding the “best” treatment for osteoarthritis means knowing where to seek that treatment. Ideally, you’ll find an arthritis doctor in New Jersey who will take the time to get to know you as an individual and develop a well-rounded treatment plan that’s specifically suited to your needs and current lifestyle.

At our six locations throughout the state, ARBDA offer patients access to the top experts in arthritis treatment and fully-equipped facilities for diagnostic ultrasound, injection therapy, and infusion therapy services. For more information about our treatment options for osteoarthritis or any other inflammatory diseases, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.

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