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Top Treatments for Arthritis

Top Treatments for Arthritis
Top Treatments for Arthritis

Arthritis among adults in the US affects more than 53 million people.1 Although it can be challenging at times, it doesn't have to be a life sentence of pain and immobility. As May brings Arthritis Awareness Month, let's explore the full spectrum of arthritis treatments, from gentle care to joint repair.

Conservative Treatments - The First Line of Care

Before considering surgery, there are several non-invasive treatments to try:

  • Physical Therapy: Tailored exercises strengthen the muscles around affected joints, enhancing support and flexibility.
  • Medications: Anti-inflammatory drugs and analgesics can reduce pain and swelling, given either orally or via injection.
  • Lifestyle Modifications: Weight management and engaging in joint-friendly activities can alleviate stress on your joints.
  • Assistive Devices: Braces and orthotics provide support and help ease the burden on your joints.

When to Consider Surgery

It might be time to consider surgical options if conservative treatments aren't effectively managing your symptoms and you're still facing:

  • Persistent pain affecting daily life
  • Limited mobility and difficulty performing routine tasks
  • Significant joint damage visible on imaging tests

Arthroscopy - Minimally Invasive Surgery

If initial treatments are ineffective, arthroscopy allows surgeons to inspect, diagnose, and treat joint issues with precision. It enables the removal of loose cartilage, inflamed synovial tissue, or bone spurs that may be causing pain.

Joint Replacement Surgery - The Game Changer

For severe arthritis in the knee, hip, shoulder, wrist, and even fingers, joint replacement surgery can be transformative. Replacing the damaged joint with an artificial one offers:

  • Pain Relief: The most immediate and noticeable benefit is significant pain reduction.
  • Improved Mobility: Many patients experience a dramatic improvement in their range of motion.
  • Enhanced Quality of Life: With less pain and greater mobility, daily activities become enjoyable again.

During Arthritis Awareness Month, take the time to learn about these treatments and discuss with your doctor or orthopedic specialist what options might be right for you.

Dr. Daneca DiPaolo is a highly-skilled, board-certified orthopedic surgeon located in Grenada, Mississippi. She offers the latest orthopedic techniques and provides quality, compassionate, state-of-the-art orthopedic care.

  1. https://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/resources/publications/factsheets/arthritis.htm#:~:text=In%20the%20United%20States%2C%2021.2,53.2%20million%20people%2C%20have%20arthritis.

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons - AAOS
  • Mississippi State Medical Association
  • Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society
  • American Society for Surgery of the Hand