Arthritis is a prevalent joint condition that affects nearly a quarter of all adults. While a large portion of the population deals with arthritis, there are many forms that develop from various causes. Fortunately, there are a couple of different treatment options available to best suit individual cases of arthritis. Depending on the type or severity of arthritis, treatments typically range from medication to surgical procedures. To help give you an idea of what may work best for you, we’re explaining three different treatment options for arthritis.
Arthritis can attack different areas of the body, which means that there are many kinds of remedies within each treatment category. This is certainly the case when it comes to medication. Depending on the type and severity of your arthritis, medications such as NSAIDs, painkillers, DMARDs, corticosteroids, or counterirritants may help. These medications come in various forms, including creams, ointments, injections, and pill forms. If you’re experiencing chronic pain associated with arthritis, contact your doctor to see if medication is the right option for you.
Physical therapy is also an effective way to increase mobility and range of motion in various areas of the body. Depending on your arthritis, a physical therapist may help teach you proper posture and body mechanics to reduce pain in your day-to-day life. They may also teach specific exercises to improve strength and flexibility. Working one on one with a physical therapist allows for an opportunity to discuss your specific form and severity of arthritis. These appointments also allow for personalized suggestions when it comes to extra support materials, such as braces or shoe inserts, in addition to specific instructions on hot and cold therapy practices to ease joint pain and stiffness.
No matter if your joint pain is due to age, disease, or other causes, Paris Orthopedic offers joint replacement surgery to help you achieve a better quality of life. Depending on your specific needs, Paris Orthopedics provides both partial and total joint replacement procedures. Our team prefers to exhaust all non-surgical options first, but if these treatments are not effective, there are minimally invasive joint replacement procedures available. Some of these minimally invasive surgical options include joint realignment, ligament reconstruction, and arthroscopy, all of which are performed through tiny incisions rather than open surgery.
If your specific condition requires open surgery, you can be assured that you are in the hands of six skilled and experienced orthopedic surgeons. During joint replacement surgery, your surgeon will remove all or part of the damaged joint and place a prosthesis, a type of artificial joint, in its place. Before any surgery, either open or minimally invasive, you will have ample time to discuss with your provider to ensure the best possible treatment for you.
Consult an Orthopedic Specialist
The team at Paris Orthopedics and Sports Medicine is dedicated to helping our patients recover from a wide range of orthopedic conditions. Our services include general orthopedic medicine, joint replacement, sports injury treatment, and osteoporosis treatments at our bone health clinic. If you have questions about joint pain, arthritis, or treatment plans, call (903) 737-0000 to make an appointment.