Author: Rosemary Buckle, M.D.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, arthritis affects approximately 52.6 million adults in the United States; that’s more than one in five. Joint pain caused by arthritis can be debilitating, forcing many of those who suffer from symptoms to give up the activities they love. While there is no “cure” for osteoarthritis (the most common form of arthritis – read about different types here), you do have options for reducing your symptoms.
Houston Orthopedic Physician’s Arthritis Advice…
- Topical NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, like ibuprofen) can decrease inflammation in the joints.
- Wearing shoes that transfer impact from the knees and to other areas of the body can help relieve joint pain.
- Steroid injections and hyaluronic acid injections provide some patients with temporary relief from osteoarthritis pain. However, injections are a short-term therapy. Long-term use of these drugs can cause damage to the body.
- Simple use of heat compresses can go a long way in soothing joint pain.
- Don’t assume that “taking it easy” is always the best response to joint pain. Physician-approved exercise and/or physical therapy can improve your strength, range of motion, and reduce joint pain. Talk to your Houston orthopedic physician about what types of exercise may be good for your joint pain. Low-impact activity like biking and swimming are usually good options!
Some patients decide to undergo a minimally invasive joint replacement procedure to significantly reduce their joint pain.
Advanced Therapies for Arthritis
Of course, these therapies are only some of the most basic starting points for individuals who suffer from arthritis. As an orthopedic physician (in downtown Houston), I work closely with my patients to develop therapies that best match the individual’s symptoms and goals. Patients who suffer from osteoarthritis of the hip and/or knee may be interested to learn about replacement surgery that is available through Stryker, a surgical technology that I’ve worked on (production/design/education) in recent years:
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To schedule your appointment with an orthopedic physician in downtown Houston, call Houston Institute for Sports Medicine and Orthopedics at (713) 756-5546. You can also schedule your appointment online.
Please consult with your physician before undertaking any form of medical treatment or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines.