What is Arthritis?
Arthritis causes inflammation in joints that causes mild to severe pain and makes the affected joints hard to move. There are many types of arthritis and similar conditions that afflict the joints. However, there are also many treatments and medications that alleviate the pain and help with mobility by reducing inflammation. Commonly prescribed medications that aim to slow down deterioration are methotrexate and sulfasalazine. Arthritis treatment plans can include exercise programs, injections, and potentially surgery if needed.
Osteoarthritis is the deterioration and wearing down of the cartilage on the end of bones. Symptoms include pain, swelling, and deformity. There are non-operative treatment options that can improve your pain and function. These include medicines, joint injections, and bracing. If surgery is needed, our doctors perform proven, predictable joint replacement surgery of the shoulder, hip, and knee.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a condition in which joint linings swell up. These swollen tissues press against everything around them, and the fluids the joint linings release damage the joint, eating away at it. Rheumatoid arthritis should be treated because the lining fluid continually damages the joints, which causes pain and may debilitate and permanently disable the joints. It is most often found in the knuckles, elbows, hips, knees, and feet.
Viscosupplementation And Platelet Rich Plasma
We are proud to offer viscosupplementation and platelet rich plasma to treat arthritis at our Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Institute of New Braunfels locations. Viscosupplementation is the process of injecting a joint with hyaluronic acid, which has a decreased presence in the joints of patients with osteoarthritis to relieve pain and aid motion.
Total Joint Replacement
When deterioration and damage are not relieved by non-operative treatments, our doctors perform proven, predictable total joint replacement surgery of the shoulder, hip, and knee.