If you are concerned that you may have osteoarthritis or have recently been diagnosed, it can be a frightening and confusing experience. Here are some questions that may help you better understand your condition.
Common Questions about Osteoarthritis
- What causes osteoarthritis?
There can be several causes of osteoarthritis, including injury, age, activity level, and family history. Maintaining a healthy weight may be an important controllable risk factor in managing symptoms and minimizing joint damage.
- Will certain exercises like jogging increase the risk of getting arthritis later in life?
Exercising during a flare-up can cause further pain and injury. In addition, high-impact exercises may put you at a bigger risk. However, gentle stretching, strength exercises, and low-impact aerobics can reduce osteoarthritis pain and decrease bone loss.
- How is osteoarthritis diagnosed?
A diagnosis of osteoarthritis may be confirmed after a full examination of joints and their range of motion. In addition, the following tests may help confirm it:
- Joint aspiration
- What type of doctor should be seen if you’re concerned you may have osteoarthritis?
A rheumatologist specializes in conditions of the bones and joints, including arthritis. However, several types of doctors can play a role in diagnosing and treating osteoarthritis due to how common it is
- Is there a way to avoid joint replacement surgery?
Although some doctors recommend joint replacement surgery, Minnesota Arthritis Center recommends one of our primary treatments which consist of FDA approved and non-surgical injections using gel supplements. The gel injections help relieve pain by lubricating and cushioning the joint.
If you are suffering from osteoarthritis, we invite you to try our non-surgical solutions. Stop letting your pain impact your life. Let the doctors at Minnesota Arthritis Center help alleviate your pain and discomfort.