There are many different types of arthritis, but the most common is osteoarthritis, or OA. This degenerative disease affects the cartilage in joints, causing it to wear thin. Those with OA can experience progressive joint inflammation, pain and limited mobility. There is not a cure for OA, but there are ways to slow down the progression and limit pain. Our physicians at Medici Medical Arts help our patients manage OA pain and improve their quality of life with arthritis treatments.
Causes and Symptoms of Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis is most common in those 65 years of age and older, but it can occur at any age. While the wear and tear on joints from normal activity can take its toll, OA is a disease of the joints that intensifies the degeneration of the joint components. Some of the causes or risk factors for osteoarthritis include:
- Repetitive or excess joint use
- Joint injuries
- Certain health conditions
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative and progressive disease. In most cases, symptoms begin slowly, but the deterioration of the joints may have been occurring for many years before there are any noticeable symptoms. Pain, stiffness, swelling and “popping” sounds in the affected joints are common symptoms.
Treatments for OA
If you have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis or have the symptoms, seeking treatment can help you slow down the deterioration of your joints. At Medici Medical Arts, we help patients with OA begin a treatment plan that can slow down the progression of arthritis and minimize the symptoms. Regenerative medicine is evolving and is one of the treatment modalities we use for OA. Other treatments include injection therapy, physical therapy and medication management. All of these treatments are tailored to the specific needs of each patient.
To learn more about treating osteoarthritis and improving your mobility, contact us at Medici Medical Arts. We have clinics in Buckhead, Dacula and Kennesaw, and a state-of-the-art surgical center in Marietta.