Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and is estimated to affect over 27 million people in the United States alone. While anyone can suffer from osteoarthritis at any age, it typically affects adults over the age of 45. Osteoarthritis is usually the result of wear and tear, in which cartilage is damaged over time. Other risk factors for osteoarthritis include obesity (which places additional stress and pressure on the joints) and injuries which damage the joint.
Knee Arthritis in Los Angeles
Symptoms of osteoarthritis in the knee usually include:
- Diminished mobility
- Bone spurs
Patients suffering from knee arthritis in Los Angeles can seek diagnosis and treatment from an orthopedic surgeon to determine the extent of the joint damage and decide on an appropriate course of treatment depending on the severity of the condition.
Some of the most common treatments for osteoarthritis of the knee include:
- Weight loss
- Pain relievers and anti-inflammatory drugs
- Corticosteroid or hyaluronic acid injections in the affected knee joint
- Alternative treatments like topical creams and acupuncture
- Supportive braces
- Physical and occupational therapy
An orthopedic surgeon will perform a physical exam and diagnostic test to determine the extent and severity of a patient’s arthritis, after which an appropriate treatment plan can be determined.
Next, read about an osteoarthritis doctor.