5 Common Questions about Osteoarthritis


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

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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:

  • X-ray
  • Joint aspiration
  • MRI
  1. 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

  1. 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.