Osteoarthritis: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Access to the Best Care?
Osteoarthritis is a debilitating chronic condition that affects millions of people around the world. It is important to understand how to diagnose osteoarthritis, what treatments are available, and why it is so important to have access to the best possible rheumatologist. At UnabridgedMD we are proud to be the first direct care practice in rheumatology in Colorado.
How do you know if you have Osteoarthritis? Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease which can affect any joint in the body. The most common symptoms include pain and stiffness of the joints along with tenderness when pressure is applied. Other symptoms may include swelling of the affected area, grating/cracking sensation when moving the joint, and decreased range of motion. To diagnose osteoarthritis we will ask about your medical history and perform physical exams such as X-rays or ultrasound of your joints. Treatment Options for Osteoarthritis: Medications & Lifestyle Modification The goal of treating osteoarthritis is relieving pain and improving mobility while maintaining an active lifestyle. We may prescribe medications including nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or corticosteroids to reduce inflammation and relieve pain. Other treatments recommended may include lifestyle modifications such as weight loss, exercise, physical therapy, heat/cold therapy or wearing protective braces or supports for painful joints. Injections may also be used if necessary; these injections can provide long-term relief from pain as well as improve mobility in some cases. At UnabridgedMD we perform these injections under ultrasound guidance so that we know that the active agent is exactly where it needs to be. Why Access Matters It is essential that people living with osteoarthritis have access to quality care from experienced professionals who understand their condition and its treatment options. Unfortunately, many areas lack access to specialists in osteoarthritis and have to wait for months for any relief. That’s why at UnabridgedMD we are proud to be the first direct care practice in rheumatology offering specialized care for those living with chronic conditions like osteoarthritis here in Colorado. We offer expert diagnosis, personalized treatments plans tailored specifically for each patient’s needs, and access to specialists who can help find cost-effective solutions for patients on a budget.
Conclusion: Living with osteoarthritis can be difficult but there are treatments designed specifically for this condition that can help alleviate pain and improve mobility so that those affected can still maintain an active lifestyle despite their condition. However, having access to experienced professionals who understand this condition and its treatment options is essential for successful management of this condition over time. That’s why at UnabridgedMD we strive to provide our patients with specialized care tailored specifically toward their individual needs so they can get back on their feet quickly! With our team here in Colorado, you can rest assured knowing you are getting the best rheumatologist care! Contact us today for more information on how we can help you manage your osteoarthritis!
The UnabridgedMD team.