Arthritic conditions like osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis bring joint pain and disability to millions of people across the United States. If you have any form of arthritis, orthopedic surgeon Brian Rottinghaus, MD, can help. At offices in West Chester and Montgomery, Ohio, Dr. Rottinghaus uses conservative treatment approaches to treat milder cases of arthritis, and he also performs advanced joint replacement surgeries. Find out how Dr. Rottinghaus's expertise in treating arthritis can help you optimize your well-being by calling his office today, or book an appointment online.
Arthritis is a musculoskeletal disorder that affects your joints. Of the 100 or so types of arthritis, most affect only small numbers of people. But some cause long-term pain and disability for millions.
Osteoarthritis is by far the most common form of this disease. It develops over the years as the daily wear-and-tear on your joints results in the erosion of protective cartilage. The more your cartilage wears away, the more painful your joints become.
Osteoarthritis is a leading cause of reduced function in seniors.
Unlike osteoarthritis, which typically affects older people, rheumatoid arthritis most often develops in adolescents and young adults. It's an autoimmune disorder, meaning the systems that exist to protect you from infection mistakenly destroy healthy cells in your joint linings.
Other widespread forms of arthritis include psoriatic arthritis, septic arthritis, and gout. Arthritis can also be a complication of diseases such as lupus.
The primary symptom of arthritis is persistent or recurring joint pain. The pain often starts as dull aching, but as it worsens, it can become increasingly intense. Other symptoms of arthritis include:
You might find that your arthritis symptoms flare up during cold, wet weather or if you engage in any physical activity different from your normal routine. Stress can also make arthritis worse.
In the later stages of arthritis, the pain, weakness, and stiffness in your joints can make it increasingly difficult to perform everyday tasks. Gripping and lifting, kneeling, and getting up and down can all become significant challenges.
There's no cure as yet for arthritis, but Dr. Rottinghaus has considerable experience in helping patients manage their condition. Initial approaches to treating arthritis are likely to include:
It's essential to keep moving when you have arthritis, or your joints weaken and stiffen even faster. However, it's also important to do the correct forms of exercise to avoid aggravating your symptoms.
Oral anti-inflammatory medications can help reduce joint inflammation and pain. If you have an autoimmune form of the disease like rheumatoid arthritis, disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) can be beneficial, especially when started at an early stage.
Injections of steroid medication into badly affected joints deliver a more potent anti-inflammatory effect.
If your arthritis becomes so severe that no other treatments help, Dr. Rottinghaus can perform full or partial joint replacement surgery. He removes the ends of the badly damaged bones and replaces them with artificial components that aim to duplicate the function of your natural joints.
Find the best treatment for your arthritis by calling Brian Rottinghaus, MD, today, or book an appointment online.