Osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis, results from wear and tear on your joints over time that can cause pain, stiffness, and swelling. At Houston Rheumatology and Arthritis Specialists in Katy, Texas, board-certified rheumatologist Kiran Farheen, MD, helps you manage your symptoms through medication and lifestyle changes. To get control over your osteoarthritis and improve your quality of life, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.
Osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative arthritis, is the most common form of arthritis, a group of conditions that cause joint inflammation. Healthy joints are surrounded by cartilage, flexible tissue that cushions and protects the ends of your bones. Osteoarthritis results when this cartilage breaks down over time, leading to symptoms that may include:
Osteoarthritis most commonly affects joints in your hands, fingers, and spine, as well as joints responsible for bearing your weight, like those in your hips, knees, and feet. If you have osteoarthritis, the swelling, stiffness, and pain can make everyday tasks difficult or impossible.
As a progressive disease, the symptoms of osteoarthritis usually develop slowly without noticeable effects at first, and get worse over time, especially if left untreated.
Osteoarthritis can affect anyone, regardless of age or gender, but you’re more likely to develop the condition if you have the following risk factors:
Osteoarthritis often occurs alongside other health concerns, including rheumatoid arthritis.
Though there’s no way to reverse the bodily process that causes osteoarthritis, treatment with Dr. Farheen can stop the condition from progressing further and help you manage your symptoms.
Dr. Farheen takes an individualized approach based on your unique situation, but in general may recommend:
Osteoarthritis doesn’t have to stop you from leading a full, active life. Call Houston Rheumatology and Arthritis Specialists or schedule an appointment online today to meet with Dr. Farheen.