There are plenty of reasons why one of your joints might be feeling sore or stiff, and often, simple measures like ice and rest are all that’s needed to get you back to 100%. However, frequent and persistent joint problems might point toward a more serious condition—osteoarthritis. This is the most common form of arthritis, where the cartilage that cushions the bones of a joint slowly wear down. Over time, this causes unnatural friction that can harm the nearby nerves, muscles, and other soft tissues. Is your knee, hip, shoulder, elbow, or wrist hurting because of osteoarthritis? If any of the following symptoms sound familiar, be sure to contact the New England Stem Cell Institute soon so Dr. Paul Tortland can get to the root of your problem, put together a treatment plan, and potentially save your joint before you require surgery.
A key thing to remember for all of these symptoms is that they tend to develop slowly and gradually worsen over time as the joint continues to break down.
Most of the time, pain associated with osteoarthritis occurs during or after an activity that engages the joint.
After being inactive, the joint may feel especially stiff (this tends to be most apparent after waking up in the morning). The joint will likely be less flexible as well and have a restricted range of motion.
Slight pressure on or near the joint may cause pain.
Osteoarthritis can cause noticeable inflammation that creates additional stiffness.
Many people feel like there is something grating in their joint, or they may here popping and cracking sounds every time they move it.
The extra friction within the joint can cause small bits of bone to shear off, which can create hard lumps around the joint.
Because osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition, it is vital that you seek professional attention as soon as you notice any of these symptoms. At the New England Stem Cell Institute of the Palm Beaches, we can use diagnostic ultrasound to figure out exactly what is hampering your joint, and then we can put together a treatment plan to relieve your pain and improve your function.
While there is no current method that can help a person regrow lost joint cartilage, we can provide non-invasive treatments like stem cell therapy, PRP, prolotherapy, and more to greatly slow down the degradation process and help the strained soft tissues heal, which can dramatically reduce symptoms and delay (and often prevent) the need for surgery.
The sooner you come to see us, the faster we can help and enable you to move and feel like normal again. To learn more about osteoarthritis and what we can do to preserve your joint, contact us today to schedule an appointment.