From Physical Therapy to Joint Replacement: How We Treat Arthritis

At Orthopedic & Physical Medicine Associates, our providers can help ease your pain and improve your mobility so you can get

Most people don’t realize that arthritis is a medical term used to refer to joint pain and joint disease — and not just one condition. There are hundreds of types of arthritis, but the most common form is osteoarthritis, which occurs in people as they get older. Other common types of arthritis include rheumatoid arthritis, which is an autoimmune disease, and psoriatic arthritis.

Almost 55 million people — a quarter of the US population — have some type of arthritis. All forms of arthritis cause pain and joint damage in different ways. Over time, this pain and damage can become debilitating. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than a third of adults with arthritis say the condition interferes with their daily activities, and a quarter of them say it causes them severe pain.

At Orthopedic & Physical Medicine Associates, our providers can help ease your pain and improve your mobility so you can get back to doing the things you love. From conventional to alternative treatment options, our highly trained professionals develop a customized plan using the most advanced techniques to best meet your needs. Treatment options include:

Medication

The first step is to control the pain with medication. Some medications also help reduce inflammation. Recommended medication depends on the type of arthritis you have. Common medications for arthritis include analgesics, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs), and disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs). 

Physical therapy 

Our providers always start with the most conservative approach first to address your issues. Physical therapy exercises can help some people with arthritis by improving their range of motion and strengthening muscles that surround problem joints.  

Massage

Massage is a natural treatment that can help relieve pain, increase blood circulation, and reduce swelling. In some cases, regular massage can also lead to an increased range of motion. 

Stem cell injections

Stem cell injections are a form of regenerative medicine widely used to treat arthritis. While still experimental, studies have shown this treatment to be effective in promoting the development of new cartilage cells, suppressing inflammation, and slowing cartilage degeneration. 

Corticosteroid injections

These injections help reduce pain and inflammation in affected joints. Relief is almost immediate, and results can last for several months.

Joint replacement

If other treatments fail to help reduce your pain and increase mobility, a partial or full joint replacement surgery can help you feel strong, pain-free, and mobile. During the surgery, experienced orthopedic surgeon David Duffner, MD, removes all or part of the damaged bone, cartilage, and connective tissue that has been ravaged due to years of arthritis and wear-and-tear, and replaces it with a prosthetic joint or artificial parts. 

If you’re experiencing arthritis pain and want relief, call us at Orthopedic & Physical Medicine Associates located in Rancho Mirage, California. You can also make an appointment online through this website. We’re the Coachella Valley’s go-to clinic for relief from arthritis pain and improved range of motion.

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