What is Osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis can occur in any joint but most commonly affects weight-bearing joints such as knees and hips. The most common effect is inflammation. Inflammation causes pain, tenderness, swelling, and redness. These symptoms are common with osteoarthritis but can be caused by other conditions. Certain movements often aggravate the condition such as stairs, hills, uneven surfaces, getting out of low cars, standing from a seated position, long walks or a missed step.
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When seated or at rest for a prolonged time, stiffness is often felt when rising, which decreases with movement over time. Arthritic joints are sensitive to pressure changes. Often patients can detect storms or changes in weather as the barometric pressure changes. Osteoarthritis typically starts gradually over time without a specific injury.
Today our office uses advanced non-surgical techniques such as Viscosupplementation, Stem Cell Therapy, and the Medical Ozone Therapy. With these tools we have helped thousands of patients avoid joint replacement. Now there is a way to enjoy a higher quality of life without the risks and side effects of surgery.