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Osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis, is a degenerative joint condition that affects millions of people worldwide. If you experience joint pain, stiffness, and reduced joint mobility, please consult Dr. Gelber to determine if you may have osteoarthritis. He curates personalized treatment plans to manage the symptoms and help you regain mobility.

What is Osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis is a chronic joint disorder characterized by the progressive breakdown of cartilage, the smooth tissue that cushions the ends of bones in a joint. This condition typically develops slowly and is often associated with aging, though it can also result from joint injuries or genetic factors. As cartilage deteriorates, bones may rub against each other, causing pain, stiffness, and limited joint movement. Osteoarthritis most commonly affects weight-bearing joints like knees, hips, and the spine, leading to reduced mobility and decreased quality of life.

Common Symptoms of Osteoarthritis:

  • Joint pain, typically worsening after activity or prolonged use
  • Stiffness, particularly in the morning or after periods of inactivity
  • Reduced range of motion in affected joints
  • Swelling and tenderness around the joint area
  • Formation of bony growths or spurs around the affected joint
  • A sensation of grating or cracking when moving the joint
  • Muscle weakness around the affected joint due to disuse
  • Difficulty in performing daily activities such as walking, climbing stairs, or gripping objects
  • Joint instability, making it more prone to injury
  • Changes in joint shape and alignment over time

Potential Causes of Osteoarthritis:

  • Age-related wear and tear
  • Joint injuries or trauma
  • Joint overuse or repetitive motion
  • Muscle weakness around joints
  • Joint malformation or instability
  • Other medical conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis or gout

Treatment Options for Osteoarthritis

If you suspect you have osteoarthritis, consult Dr. Gelber for a proper diagnosis. During your appointment, Dr. Gelber will perform a thorough evaluation, including a physical exam and imaging tests like X-rays, to assess joint damage and confirm the diagnosis. Next, he will curate a personalized treatment plan for your specific condition.

Regenerative Medicine

In some cases, Dr. Gelber may recommend regenerative medicine approaches like PRP or stem cell injections. PRP injections involve using your blood components to stimulate healing in the affected joint. Stem cell injections utilize your body’s cells to promote tissue repair and reduce inflammation, improving overall joint function.

Functional & Integrative Medicine

Functional and integrative medicine focuses on holistic approaches to managing osteoarthritis. Dr. Gelber may suggest dietary changes, weight management, and physical therapy to alleviate symptoms. Additionally, various supplements and natural remedies may be recommended to support joint health and reduce inflammation.

Last Resort: Arthroscopic Surgery

When conservative treatments don’t provide sufficient relief, Dr. Gelber may discuss arthroscopic surgery as a last resort. This minimally invasive procedure involves inserting a small camera and surgical instruments into the joint to remove damaged tissue or smooth rough surfaces. Surgery is only reserved for cases where other options have failed.

Consult Dr. Gelber Today

Dr. Jonathan Gelber, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with fellowship training in sports medicine, understands the importance of an active lifestyle. As a lifelong athlete himself, he is committed to listening to your concerns and tailoring a treatment plan that helps you reclaim an active lifestyle quickly and safely. If you’re ready to explore options for managing osteoarthritis and getting back to an active lifestyle, consult Dr. Gelber today.

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