The joint that most frequently develops arthritis is the knee, and osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis in the knee. This arthritis typically involves a slow degenerative process of “wear-and-tear” and can become more acute under certain conditions such as stair climbing, squatting, or colder weather. The warm weather we enjoy in and around Fallbrook can offer relief and is another reason those who suffer choose to move to warmer climates.
Osteoarthritis is brought on mostly by inflammation of the cartilage in the knee joint which gradually wears away to the point where there is no cushion left for the knee sockets. Gradually, pain and swelling begins as well as cracking or popping sounds, and even a grinding sensation in the knees. When the pain becomes so severe that it interrupts sleep or prevents movement, it’s time to take action and make an appointment with an arthritis doctor.
Some state-of-the-art alternatives for relieving pain without surgery are:
• Joint Injections: The aspiration (draining) and injection of muscles and joints can provide quick and significant pain relief.
• Infused Medications: Our skilled infusion nurses and physicians will administer and monitor the intravenous medications in our comfortable infusion suites.
• Heel Ultrasound: Our physicians use a combination of Heel Ultrasound and DXA (Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry) machines to diagnose and treat osteoarthritis.
At Southland Arthritis, we have more than 15 years experience of treating Fallbrook patients with osteoarthritis and related chronic pain conditions. Call us today for an appointment, or visit our website for more information.