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Arthritis

Are You Experiencing Arthritis as a Result of an Old Injury or from Overuse?

The orthopedic surgeons and sports medicine experts at Westchester Sport and Spine are here to help you with your joint pain, which could be a result of arthritis. With 40 years of combined experience diagnosing arthritis and treating arthritic joints, the fellowship trained orthopedic doctors at Westchester Sport and Spine provide you with the highest level of care for surgical and non-surgical arthritis procedures.

About Arthritis

Arthritis is the medical term for inflammation of one or more of your joints and is a common condition, especially as you age. Arthritic joints often become painful and extremely stiff, preventing a full range of motion and normal movements.

The onset of arthritis in one or more of your joints can be attributed to a number of factors, such as the breakdown of cartilage due to overuse (osteoarthritis) or an autoimmune disorder (rheumatoid arthritis).

Common Types of Arthritis

There are two common types of arthritis; osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Osteoarthritis is a condition that causes the cartilage of a joint to break down over time. The onset of osteoarthritis is most likely due to wear and tear of the joint.

Joints that have been heavily used in sports and related activities, or those that have been injured in the past, are highly susceptible to arthritis and osteoarthritis.

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that affects the lining of your joints, causing constant inflammation. Rheumatoid arthritis is most commonly found in people over the age of 40, most commonly women.

To be certain of the cause of your arthritis, contact the orthopedic doctors and sports medicine experts at Westchester Sport and Spine for specific diagnosis of your pain.

Arthritis Treatment Options

Arthritis can be effectively treated with non-invasive procedures such as medications, bracing, injections and therapy. More often than not, surgery is not necessary to treat your pain.

If surgical intervention is necessary, the orthopedic doctors and sports medicine specialists at Westchester Sport and Spine are experts in the latest minimally invasive procedures.

The main treatment options for arthritis include:

  • Avoiding activities that make your symptoms worse
  • Anti-inflammatories
  • Using ice packs
  • Painkillers
  • Ultrasound-guided injections
  • Ultrasound-guided hyaluronic acid (GEL) shots
  • Physiotherapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Surgery (in some cases)

Call Us Immediately

If your joint pain has been caused by an injury and is accompanied by any of the symptoms below, please call Westchester Sport and Spine immediately and have someone drive you to our clinic.

  • Your joint appears deformed
  • Inability to use the joint properly
  • Intense pain
  • Sudden swelling