Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, affecting somewhere between 25 to 30 million Americans aged 25 and older. It occurs when the slick surface of the cartilage in your joints erodes, hardening until the bones of the joint are rubbing against bone. This causes debilitating pain, inflammation, and swelling. Late stage osteoarthritis is very painful and can become disabling if not treated early on. The sooner we can make a diagnosis, the better your chances are for early treatment and preventative measures.
A newly discovered indicator within the bloodstream has given us exciting insight into the potential for earlier osteoarthritis detection, from a blood test that is soon to be developed. Current methods of detection for osteoarthritis are mainly diagnostic imaging such as MRI and X-ray. Blood testing is not only more cost and time-efficient, but Individuals who aren’t candidates for radiation imaging, such as those with pacemakers, will be able to receive an accurate diagnosis.
The board-certified orthopedic specialists at Movement Orthopedics are always looking for the newest and most efficient methods for treating arthritis, among other musculoskeletal diseases. Once a successful blood test has been developed, we will be able to begin treatment as soon as possible, which means better patient outcomes. The earlier your disease is diagnosed and managed, the less pain and suffering you’ll have to endure.
Osteoarthritis Preventive Care
Lifestyle changes are always the most important preventive measures when it comes to preserving your joints from osteoarthritis. Maintaining a healthy weight can help reduce the amount of stress on your joints. Exercise can also help protect your joints, but it is important to make sure you have proper form, so as not to accelerate joint deterioration.
If you currently work in a labor-intensive occupation or perform repetitive motions, our arthritis expert Dr. Jeffrey Carroll can help you determine if an occupational change could help reduce your symptoms. If changing careers isn’t an option, we can discuss therapy options to manage your symptoms.
Osteoarthritis Treatment Options
In addition to lifestyle changes, there are osteoarthritis treatment options to protect your joints and prevent osteoarthritis from developing further including platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and stem cell therapy. Dr. Carroll is also well versed in such non-surgical methods as steroid injections and physical therapy.
Rehabilitative physical therapy is ideal for restoring the functionality and flexibility to your damaged joints. Should you require a more restorative method of treatment, Dr. Carroll is a highly skilled orthopedic surgeon, able to perform cutting-edge procedures to get you back on your feet again.
If you’re looking to take back control of your mobility, the orthopedic specialists of Movement Orthopedics are here to make it happen. Request an appointment online or call (586) 436-3785 today to get started.