Osteoarthritis Treatment In Fairfax

Dr. Gregory Lee DC Fairfax Chiropractor

Osteoarthritis Specialist

Osteoarthritis is a type of arthritis. It is a degenerative joint disease where the cartilage (protecting tissue) wears down over time. It can affect your hands, spine, knee, and hips. It causes stiffness and knee pains that affect many people in our community. If you are suffering from Osteoarthritis, our Chiropractic team at Active Family Wellness clinic in Fairfax can help. Contact us at (703) 373-7113 or visit our Chiropractic office to see how chiropractic care works.

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Symptoms of Osteoarthritis

The symptoms of osteoarthritis may begin as mild. It tends to have an increasing effect over time. Symptoms include the following:

  • Joint pains in these locations; hands, hip, knee, neck, and lower back.
  • Stiffness and cracking.
  • Swellings and tenderness.
  • Difficulty in walking and climbing stairs.

Long-Term Problems Due to Ignoring Osteoarthritis

Ignoring your osteoarthritis for a long time can lead to complications such as deformities, unstable joints, excruciating pain, and in rare cases, causes disability.

Causes of Osteoarthritis

These are the factors that cause osteoarthritis:

  • Age: it is most common in the older people population. The frequency increases with your age.
  • Family: Genetics has shown that it is hereditary.
  • Gender: The risk is equal between the gender. After the age of 50, it’s more likely in women than men.
  • Injuries from accidents can be a major cause.
  • The nature of your work.
  • Obesity

Temporary Pain Relief for Osteoarthritis

The following practices will help in the pain relief for osteoarthritis:

  • Hot water bottle or a warm compress on the affected area.
  • Ice pack compression on the affected area. It will ease the pain and also reduce inflammation.
  • Epsom salt bath. It helps to reduce pains and inflammation. It can be used as frequently as you desire—two cups in a hot bath.

The use of some support devices, physical therapy, and over-the-counter drugs such as; acetaminophen.

Treatment For Osteoarthritis​

The proper treatment of osteoarthritis follows these stages carefully:

In this stage, the osteoarthritis doctor will closely look at the affected area, checking for certain signs such as; tenderness, flexibility, swelling, and redness. An imaging test will be carried out, such as; x-rays and MRI(magnetic resonance imaging), which will show the bone spurs and all the soft tissues cartilage, respectively.

The truth is osteoarthritis cannot be cured. The treatment will reduce the pain to a bearable minimum and improve your movement. such as;  ibuprofen and naproxen sodium, orally taken at their recommended doses, helps to relieve osteoarthritis pain. Acetaminophen helps to calm osteoarthritis pain though an overdose of it can cause liver damage. Duloxetine(antidepressant) is legitimate for treating osteoarthritis pain. The doctor may go on to use Cortisone injections, hyaluronic acid injections, osteotomy practice if the condition is becoming extreme.

The therapist will suggest exercises and workouts that will help strengthen the muscles around the affected area to aid your movements.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Osteoarthritis

Does Medical Insurance Cover Osteoarthritis Treatment?​

Medicare and many other insurance companies normally cover osteoarthritis treatments. Insurance companies do so because our osteoarthritis treatment is cost-effective with a high rate of recovery. Original Medicare (Part A & Part B) covers necessary medical services and provisions for osteoarthritis treatment.

What is the difference between osteoarthritis and arthritis?

Arthritis is the general name for the different types of arthritis, including; osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and psoriatic arthritis. The most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis, which is why osteoarthritis is often interchanged with arthritis.

Is osteoarthritis hereditary?

Osteoarthritis has a hereditary form that is caused by the mutation of genes. This kind of osteoarthritis can initially appear at a young age, having quick adverse damage. About 40 – 65% of osteoarthritis has a genetic component. However, if your parents, siblings, or other extended relatives have cases of joint pains, then you are likely to be one. Make full findings before making an appointment with an osteoarthritis doctor in Fairfax, VA.

What is the best vitamin for arthritis?

The following are the best vitamins to reduce the risk of having arthritis or helping your arthritis condition:

  • Curcumin ( turmeric root) the turmeric root has anti-inflammatory features.
  • Vitamin D & E
  • Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate.
  • Boswellia & Devil’s claw
  • ASU, Fish oil & Green tea

Can chiropractors help with inflammation?

Chiropractic helps reduce inflammation and enable the proper functioning of both the affected area and nervous system. However, a competent chiropractor can be recommended by the osteoarthritis doctor in Fairfax, VA.

Can Massage Help Osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis needs proper massaging. Voner says. Pain is relieved as the muscles surrounding the joints relax, releasing stiffness and allowing for a better range of motion and mobility. A good massage improves healthy blood circulation throughout the osteoarthritic joints, reducing swelling and stiffness.

What are the 4 stages of osteoarthritis?

STAGE 1 – MINOR

  • The least painful stage.
  • Little wear and tear of the joints.
  • Little or no affected part.
  • Not much advice will be given to you rather than changing your exercise pattern and taking supplements.

STAGE 2 – MILD

  • Noticeable bone spurs in X-rays.
  • Stiffness and crunching sensation
  • Uncomfortability
  • The use of braces or gripping tools is suggested by the doctor.

STAGE 3 – MODERATE

  • Damaged cartilage.
  • Inflammation
  • Difficulty in movement.
  • The use of over-the-counter pain relievers.
  • They use injections such as; Cortisone hyaluronic acid.
  • The case is becoming severe.

STAGE 4 – SEVERE

  • The most severe stage.
  • The most painful stage.
  • The cartilage is completely damaged.
  • Surgery

How do you stop osteoarthritis from progressing?

The progression of osteoarthritis can be controlled through the following:

  • Maintaining a healthy weight.
  • Controlling blood sugar.
  • Get physical therapy and exercise.
  • Choosing a healthy lifestyle.

Will osteoarthritis cripple me?

Osteoarthritis does not happen suddenly. It’s a continuous gradual growth process that, if not controlled, damages are prone to occur, such as deformities. Osteoarthritis, in a very rare case, makes one cripple. Provided you don’t neglect the situation, you are most likely not to be crippled.

What type of doctor can diagnose osteoarthritis?

Rheumatologists are specialists in musculoskeletal diseases and autoimmune conditions. They treat all types of arthritis, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and psoriatic arthritis. You may also need the help of a physiotherapist and orthopedic doctor.

What is the latest treatment for osteoarthritis?

“Our findings show chondroitin sulfate is a safe and effective treatment for patients with hand OA,” concluded researcher Cem Gabay, M.D. “Alternative therapies, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), provide similar pain-reducing effects, but with considerably more long-term toxicities.”

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