Arthritis Treatment

Anay R. Patel, MD

Hip and Knee Replacement Surgeon & Orthopedic Surgeon located in Houston, TX

Over 54 million American adults suffer from some form of arthritis. That’s more than 20% of the nation’s entire population. Anay Patel, MD, offers comprehensive arthritis treatment for Houston, Texas, patients. This debilitating condition can severely affect overall quality of life. If you’re in the Houston area, call the office or use the online scheduling tool and learn more about advanced arthritis treatment options available today.

Arthritis Treatment Q & A

What is arthritis? 

Arthritis refers to a host of inflammatory conditions affecting your joints, including the knees, hips, hands, and wrists. Common symptoms of arthritis are pain, stiffness, and swelling of joints. It’s often a progressive, wear-and-tear condition. 

There are several different types of arthritis. Here are some of the most common: 

Osteoarthritis

This form of arthritis is also called degenerative joint disease. It affects your cartilage, the tissue that cushions and protects the ends of bones in a joint. Osteoarthritis develops as a result of wear-and-tear, and your risk increases with age. 

Rheumatoid arthritis

This is an auto-immune disease in which your body's immune system attacks healthy joints, tissues, and organs. It causes inflammation to the lining of joints, typically the hands and feet. 

Post-traumatic arthritis

Arthritis that develops following an injury to your hand, wrist, or elbow is called post-traumatic arthritis. It can develop years after trauma, such as a fracture, severe sprain, or ligament tear.

Who develops arthritis? 

Even though arthritis can affect people of all ages, it’s most often seen in people over 40 years old. That’s because the most common cause is wear-and-tear. As you age, you are more prone to degenerative joint damage that can bring on an arthritis diagnosis.   

Besides age, there are several other risk factors associated with arthritis, including: 

  • Lack of physical activity
  • Poor diet
  • Smoking tobacco
  • Gender (certain types are more common in women)
  • Obesity

Also, injuries such as fractures, ligament tears, and joint dislocation make you more vulnerable to developing arthritis. 

What tests are necessary to diagnose arthritis? 

Getting an accurate arthritis diagnosis is key in your search for long-term pain relief. In some cases, Dr. Patel can make a diagnosis simply by examining the affected limb or joint. However, Dr. Patel will typically use imaging tests such as X-rays to closely examine the joints in order to get a better understanding of the severity of your arthritis. 

What are my options for treating arthritis? 

In most cases, Dr. Patel favors nonoperative treatment that offers arthritis patients highly effective long-term pain relief. After achieving a comprehensive diagnosis, Dr. Patel can better understand the root cause of your arthritis and develop a personalized treatment plan. 

Nonoperative arthritis treatment methods Dr. Patel uses include lifestyle modification counseling, physical therapy, pain medications, use of splints, and steroid injections. Dr. Patel works closely with patients to create a care plan tailored to individual needs. If nonoperative methods prove unsuccessful, he can use minimally invasive surgery to treat more severe cases of arthritis. 

To learn more, call the office or book a consultation using the online scheduling tool today.