Pain Management, PRP & Weight Loss Clinic located in Powder Springs, GA

Osteoarthritis services offered in Powder Springs, GA

Osteoarthritis, the most common type of arthritis, affects 30 million Americans, and more than half of them are under the age of 65. Douglas Cox, FNP-BC, and the experienced providers at L&D Medical Center in Powder Springs, Georgia, have extensive experience treating osteoarthritis. They offer comprehensive care that slows down your joint damage, eases your pain, and helps you postpone or avoid surgery. The earlier you seek treatment, the better your chances are of keeping joint damage under control. To start your personalized care, call the office or book an appointment online today.

What causes osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis develops as cartilage covering the bones inside the joint wears down. This problem occurs over years of joint movements that break down the tissues.

As more cartilage wears away, the bones become exposed. Instead of gliding past one another when you move, bone grates against bone, causing bone damage, the growth of bone spurs, and joint inflammation.

Though osteoarthritis most often affects your large, weight-bearing joints, like your knees and hips, it can develop in any joint. Many people have osteoarthritis in their spine, shoulders, hands, and feet.

What is post-traumatic osteoarthritis?

Post-traumatic arthritis occurs if you suffer a joint injury in your teens or young adulthood. The injury accelerates cartilage degeneration, resulting in osteoarthritis that appears 10 years earlier than usual.

What are the symptoms of osteoarthritis?

As osteoarthritis progresses, the following symptoms become increasingly severe:

  • Joint pain and stiffness
  • Limited movement
  • Joint instability or buckling
  • Pain that worsens when you’re active
  • Stiffness in the morning or after you rest
  • Tenderness around the joint
  • Muscle weakness around the joint

You may also notice a clicking or cracking when you move the joint.

How is osteoarthritis treated?

Osteoarthritis treatment focuses on easing your pain, improving mobility, and slowing down or stopping the progressive joint damage.

Your provider at L&D Medical Center creates a personalized treatment plan that may include one or more of the following:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Corticosteroids (oral or injected)
  • Pain-relieving medications
  • Hyaluronic acid injections
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections
  • Anti-inflammatory diet
  • Weight-loss management

Gentle exercise is one of the best ways to slow down joint damage. Moving the joint reduces swelling, improves joint lubrication, and strengthens the muscles supporting the joint. 

What specialized osteoarthritis treatment might I receive?

The team at L&D Medical Center offers an advanced treatment for knee osteoarthritis: an amniotic fluid injection. Amniotic fluid contains proteins naturally found in your body called growth factors. 

Throughout your lifetime, platelets (blood cells) travel to every injury you sustain and release growth factors. The growth factors are responsible for accelerating healing, building new tissues, and reducing inflammation. 

When your provider injects amniotic fluid into your knee joint, the growth factors take on the same role, improving your pain and mobility. 

You can stay active with arthritis and postpone or avoid knee replacement surgery with intensive treatment at L&D Medical Center. Call the office or book an appointment online today.

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