Osteoarthritis

Advanced Treatment for Osteoarthritis

Over the past few decades, EmergeOrtho has treated thousands of patients, helping them regain their strength and emerge from treatment stronger, healthier, and better. Osteoarthritis, which is the “wear and tear” arthritis, is one of the major types of arthritis that affects about 33 million Americans.

Osteoarthritis develops when the bones are not properly aligned, causing extra pressure that can wear on the cartilage of a part of the joint. This condition can affect any joint, including the ones in wrists, hands and fingers.

Treatment for osteoarthritis

There is a wide range of both nonsurgical and surgical treatments for osteoarthritis. EmergeOrtho’s philosophy is to try nonsurgical treatment options first, and consider surgical options only when more conservative treatment has been ineffective.

Nonsurgical treatments include:

  • Applying heat to alleviate symptoms
  • NSAIDs
  • Splints
  • Modifying activity
  • Steroid injections

Surgical treatment for osteoarthritis

An osteotomy is an option to relieve pain and restore function to the damaged joint. During an osteotomy, the surgeon removes a wedge of the bone near the damaged area of the joint, which shifts the weight of the bone from the damaged cartilage to the area with healthy cartilage.

A plate with screws is typically used to hold the bone in place while it heals but in some cases, a bone graft is used to fill the space where bone was removed. This allows weight to be more evenly distributed on the joint cartilage, relieving pain.

EmergeOrtho’s teams of specialty-trained physicians are experienced in treating joint problems. We welcome the chance to serve you and create a customized treatment plan tailored to meet your needs.