In its early stages, arthritis is treated with nonsurgical measures. Nonsurgical treatments include lifestyle modifications, exercise, supportive devices, and other methods like water exercises and the use of elastic bandages. Lifestyle modifications can include losing weight, switching from running exercises to swimming, and minimizing activities that aggravate the condition. If a patient is overweight, losing weight may also reduce the stress on weight-bearing joints and reduce pain.
Exercises will help increase range of motion and flexibility, and strengthen the supporting muscles. This is an effective method for reducing pain and improving function. We can help you develop an individualized exercise program that meets your needs and lifestyle.
Using a brace or other supportive devices like inserts and knee sleeves can assist with stability and function. An “unloader” brace shifts load away from the affected portion of the knee, while a “support” brace helps support the entire knee load. Both braces have been proven to effectively take pressure off injured knees.
Depending on the severity of your arthritis, there are several drugs available that are commonly used to treat arthritis. Options include, but are not limited to: pain medication, corticosteroids, DMARDs, and NSAIDs. The simple pain relievers are available without prescription and can be very effective in reducing pain. Because every patient is different, and because not all patients respond the same to medications, Dr. Ackerman will work with you to develop a program for your specific condition.
If nonsurgical treatments are not enough, you will need to have surgery. As with nonsurgical options, the purpose is to reduce pain, increase function, and generally reduce your symptoms. Patient satisfaction is a fundamental goal in treating arthritis and there are a number of options available, such as cartilage grafting, arthroscopic surgery, total or partial knee arthroplasty, and osteotomy.
If you are suffering from arthritis and would like to explore your treatment options, schedule a consultation today with Long Island sports medicine expert, Dr. George Ackerman by calling (516) 243-8506.
Unfortunately, most types of arthritis are currently incurable, but today´s wide range of arthritis treatments can be very effective and help you manage the disease. There are over 100 different types of arthritis diseases, and you may try several different treatments and medications over time.
Long Island orthopedic surgeon, George Ackerman, MD, will work with you to find the best treatment for your arthritis condition. Discovering the right treatment strategy for you can be a long process, which is why it is important that you work with Dr. Ackerman to learn about your options and different treatment plans.
Goals of Arthritis Treatment
• Slow progression of the disease
• Maintain or improve joint function
• Preserve mobility
• Prevent or minimize joint damage and deformities
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