Next Generation Orthopedic & Spine Institute
Anthony Owusu, MD
Orthopedic Surgeon & Spine Surgeon located in San Antonio, TX & Spring, TX
Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the United States. If you’re tired of arthritis costing you income or parts of your livelihood, you can find relief at Next Generation Orthopedic & Spine Institute. Dr. Anthony Owusu provides a variety of non-surgical therapies for arthritis to help restore your normal abilities. Call or book online to set up an evaluation with Dr. Owusu.
Arthritis Q & A
What is arthritis?
Arthritis is an inflammatory condition that causes joint pain. Researchers aren’t sure what causes the incurable condition, but it worsens with age as the joints gradually wear down.
Osteoarthritis, a form of degenerative arthritis, causes cartilage to deteriorate. Cartilage provides a cushion at the end of bones. The wear and tear on the cartilage eventually causes bones to rub against other bones.
What are the symptoms of arthritis?
Each person experiences arthritis differently. The affected joints, severity, and frequency of pain vary, but most people experience one or more of the following:
- Stiff, achy joints
- Decreased range of motion
- Joints that are red and warm to the touch
At more progressed stages, arthritis can cause permanent joint damage, chronic pain, and debilitating mobility issues. It can also lead to visual deformities, such as knobby fingers.
How do you diagnose arthritis?
The first step toward diagnosis is evaluating your family and medical history. Dr. Owusu asks questions about your unique symptoms, health status, and daily habits.
Next, Dr. Owusu performs a physical exam. He examines your joints for swelling, warmth, and tenderness. Dr. Owusu may also have you move your joints to assess their range of motion and fluidity.
If Dr. Owusu suspects arthritis, he may order lab and imaging tests to verify the diagnosis. He can check your blood for certain antibodies and signs of inflammation. He can also test fluid from your joints for markers of arthritis.
X-rays and ultrasounds are fairly common for arthritis diagnosis. With these imaging tests, Dr. Owusu can see if your joints show signs of erosion, fluid buildup, or inflammation. He can also rule out other sources of pain.
What treatment options do you provide for arthritis?
Since there isn’t a cure for arthritis, the goal of treatment is to reduce pain and slow the progression of the disease. Dr. Owusu takes a multimodal approach to treatment, incorporating one or more the following into treatment:
- Physical therapy
- Corticosteroid injections
- Hyaluronic acid injections
- Minimally-invasive procedures
- Splints, braces, and assistive devices
If you have or think you might have arthritis, make an appointment with Dr. Owusu using the online scheduler or by calling the Shavano Park, Texas practice.