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Osteoarthritis Specialist

Sunshine State Medical Inc.

Chiropractic & General Medicine located in Orlando, FL

Osteoarthritis is the most common joint disorder in the United States, one that can severely affect the quality of your life. If you’re suffering from osteoarthritis, Sunshine State Medical Inc. can help. From their state-of-the-art office in Orlando, Florida, the team of medical professionals at Sunshine State Medical Inc. provides exceptional treatments of osteoarthritis that can free you of your pain and improve the quality of your life. Schedule your visit today by calling the office or booking a visit online.

Osteoarthritis Q & A

What is osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis is the wearing down of the cartilage between your joints. It can interfere with the proper function of your joints and be quite painful. It can affect any of your joints, but it most often shows up in the spine, hips, knees, and hands.

While osteoarthritic damage to your joints can’t be reversed, the symptoms can be managed, which can have a profound effect on your well-being.

What are the symptoms of osteoarthritis?

Some of the more common symptoms of osteoarthritis include:

  • Pain in your joints when you move them or afterward
  • Stiffness in your joints, especially when you first wake up
  • Tenderness in your joints
  • Decreased range of motion and flexibility
  • A grating, popping, or clicking sensation when you move your affected joint
  • Bone spurs (hard lumps of bone) around your affected joint
  • Swelling around your affected joint

These symptoms tend to start small and develop gradually over time. If any of these symptoms are affecting the quality of your life, schedule a visit with Sunshine State Medical Inc. The friendly and knowledgeable doctors can do diagnostic tests to determine if they’re being caused by osteoarthritis and can work with you to develop a treatment plan that eases your symptoms.

What causes osteoarthritis?

Your cartilage normally acts as a cushion between the bones in your joint, reducing friction between bones and supporting a smooth range of motion. Osteoarthritis happens naturally over time as the cartilage between your joints gradually breaks down, though some things can speed up that process or make it more likely to happen like:

  • Bone deformities
  • Metabolic diseases like diabetes and hemochromatosis
  • Genetic predisposition
  • Repeated stress or impact on your joints like sports or manual labor
  • Injuries to your joint
  • Obesity and other constant heavy stress on your joints

You’re also more likely to get osteoarthritis if you’re older or female.

However it happens, when the cartilage in your joints wears down, the bones in your joints rub against one another, which produces the symptoms of osteoarthritis.

How do you treat osteoarthritis?

While osteoarthritis itself can’t be reversed, the team of medical professionals at Sunshine State Medical Inc. can provide you with a variety of services that can lessen its symptoms, easing your pain and improving your quality and range of motion. These include:

  • Prescribing acetaminophen, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or duloxetine
  • Physical therapy to strengthen the muscles around your damaged joint
  • Injections of corticosteroid or hyaluronic acid directly into your joint

To learn more about how the team at Sunshine State Medical Inc. can help you with your osteoarthritis or begin your treatment today, schedule an appointment by calling the office or booking a visit online.