Thank you for visiting Makovicka Physical Therapy’s Osteoarthritis Pain page. We have 5 locations in Omaha and the surrounding suburbs and would love to hear from you if you are experiencing any of the signs and symptoms below.
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and is known as wear-and-tear arthritis from its degenerative characteristics. The cartilage protects the ends of the bones that make up a joint and allow smooth movements. This cartilage can wear away over time causing pain and stiffness. Unfortunately, there isn’t a cure for it but there are ways to slow the progression of the disease.
Although osteoarthritis can affect any joint in the body it typically occurs in the hip, knee, lower back, neck, and hands.
- Joint pain during or after movement
- Tenderness at the joint
- Joint stiffness
- Loss of range of motion
- The feeling of grinding at the joint
- Bone spurs
If you have been experiencing joint pain and stiffness, seek the advice of your doctor. Since there is no cure for osteoarthritis, the treatments that will be discussed may only slow the progression of the disease. Different medications might be prescribed by your doctor to help relieve some of the pain and inflammation that you are experiencing. Other forms of treatment may include:
- Physical Therapy
- Braces or different shoe inserts/orthotics
Other options that your doctor may suggest could include cortisone shots, surgical procedures to realign the bones, or joint replacement.