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Osteoarthritis

General Information

Between your joints is a thin layer of cartilage that cushions your joints as they move. In osteoarthritis, often shortened to OA, this cushioning slowly wears down and prevents joints from moving easily.

There are more than 100 types of arthritis, and our providers at Goshen Orthopedics are experienced in treating the many different types of arthritis, including OA. We’re equipped to diagnose and treat OA so you can get back to doing the things you love –– pain free. Call us at (574) 534-2548 to make an appointment today.

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Our approach

We begin caring for your OA with non-surgical methods. You may start off with medications that reduce inflammation, injections to help lubricate your joints and physical therapy. Sometimes, lifestyle changes and activity modification can greatly reduce your osteoarthritis symptoms.

If surgery is needed, our expert orthopedic surgeons are trained in arthroscopic surgery of the small joints, hip and knee. Our team is also trained in total and partial joint replacement techniques. When you meet with your provider, you’ll learn about your treatment options and be involved in making a treatment decision that’s individualized for your specific OA needs.

Signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis

The most common symptom of OA is pain, which is often dull and achy. This pain starts slowly and is most often worse in the morning or during activity. As your joints loosen throughout the day, the pain may subside.

Other symptoms to be aware of include:

  • Joint stiffness
  • A bump or deformity of your joints
  • Creaking or grinding sounds when moving your joints
  • Limited range of motion

OA can’t be reversed, so it’s best to see your provider as soon as symptoms appear.

What causes osteoarthritis?

There’s no single cause for osteoarthritis. People with certain characteristics have a higher chance of developing OA.

Common risk factors include:

  • Excessive weight
  • A family history of osteoarthritis
  • Previous joint injuries
  • Chronic stress on your joints from sports

Many of the risk factors for OA, such as excessive weight, are manageable. By integrating weight reduction into your treatment plan, we can help you lower your risks for osteoarthritis.

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