Arthritis

Atlantic Coast Physical Medicine -  - Integrative Medicine

Atlantic Coast Physical Medicine

Integrative Medicine & Aesthetics located in Summerville, SC & Mount Pleasant, SC

Is your joint pain making it difficult for you to perform normal everyday tasks? The team at Atlantic Coast Physical Medicine, with offices in Mount Pleasant and Summerville, South Carolina, can help manage the pain and inflammation osteoarthritis (OA) causes with supartz injections. For relief from your joint pain, call your nearest location or book an appointment online.

Arthritis Q & A

What is arthritis?

Arthritis is a medical condition characterized by joint inflammation. It’s a common condition that affects many adults. The different types of arthritis include:

  • OA
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Gout
  • Psoriatic arthritis

What is OA?

OA, or osteoarthritis, is one of the most common forms of arthritis that develops from the wear and tear of life that leads to the thinning of the protective cartilage in-between your bones. It tends to occur as you get older and is more common in women. Excess weight and genetics may increase your risk of developing OA.

OA can affect any joint in your body, but it most commonly causes symptoms in the hips, hands, knees, and spine.

How do I know I have OA?

Common symptoms of OA include:

  • Joint pain and tenderness
  • Loss of range of motion
  • Feeling stiff, especially after waking in the morning
  • A grating sensation as your joints rub together

 

You may also develop bone spurs, which create hard lumps around your joints.

How is OA managed?

There is no cure for OA, but the team at Atlantic Coast Physical Medicine may be able to help manage your symptoms to improve your quality of life.

Common treatments for OA include:

  • Anti-inflammatory and pain relieving medication
  • Physical or occupational therapy
  • Gentle exercise that involves breathing and stretching such as yoga or tai chi
  • Joint injections such as Supartz injection

 

The team at Atlantic Coast Physical Medicine may also recommend home treatments to help relieve pain, including heat and cold therapy, anti-inflammatory creams, and weight loss.

If the more conservative treatments can’t improve your symptoms, the team at Atlantic Coast Physical Medicine may suggest surgery, such as an osteotomy to realign your bones or a joint replacement.

What are Supartz injections?

A Supartz injection lubricates the joint to relieve pain and discomfort. The injection contains hyaluronic acid, which is similar to the fluid naturally found in your joints. The team at Atlantic Coast Physical Medicine provide the injection in-office.

While the Supartz injection may help improve your pain, it's only recommended after other less invasive treatments, including medication and therapy, have failed.

For joint pain relief, call the location nearest you or book an appointment online.

 

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