Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis diseases that cause inflammation and pain in your joints. At Pacific Regenerative & Interventional Sports Medicine in San Jose, California, Dr. Brice Blatz offers a variety of traditional and regenerative treatments to manage your arthritis and help you maintain a healthy, active, and pain-free life. Call or schedule an appointment online today for comprehensive care.
Arthritis is the general term for diseases and conditions that cause inflammation and pain in your joints. Osteoarthritis — also known as degenerative arthritis — is the most common form of the disease and affects over 16 million American adults.
Osteoarthritis develops as the cartilage that cushions your bones and joints loses elasticity and becomes stiff, eventually wearing away. Cartilage reduces friction when your bones move against each other when you move and also acts as a shock absorber.
As your cartilage breaks down, your tendons, ligaments, and muscles need to work harder to support and protect your joints, which causes inflammation and pain. Your pain increases as your cartilage wears away and there is nothing to prevent friction in your joints.
While there is a strong hereditary factor that contributes to your chances of getting arthritis, there are a variety of issues and conditions that increase your risk of developing this painful joint condition.
If you are overweight or obese, the extra weight you carry puts additional pressure on your joints, especially your hips and knees. Over time, this additional pressure causes the cartilage in your joints to wear away more rapidly.
Joint injuries and repetitive use also contribute to the development of arthritis. Studies show that if you have a joint injury early in life, your chances of developing arthritis later are significantly increased. Also, athletes and those who have physically demanding careers are more likely to develop arthritis because of the additional stress they put on their joints.
Dr. Blatz diagnoses arthritis with a comprehensive physical exam and diagnostic imaging studies to assess the condition of your joints. They ask you about your symptoms to develop an understanding of your pain and how it’s affecting your mobility. They watch you move and feel your joints for signs of swelling and other deformities.
If necessary, Dr. Blatz can order diagnostic imaging studies like X-rays and MRIs to assess the extent of the deterioration of your joints.
Dr. Blatz offers customized treatments to address your arthritis. In addition to conservative approaches including anti-inflammatory medications, ice, and lifestyle modifications including weight loss and additional exercise, they offer regenerative treatments like PRP injections and stem cell therapy. You may also benefit from knee injections, Orthovisc® injections, or surgery to restore your joint.
Call or schedule a consultation online today for fully customized and comprehensive care for arthritis.