Millions of Americans suffer from arthritis, a common inflammatory disease, which results from the wearing down of joints with age or injury. With the latest nonoperative and operative procedures and evidence based physical therapy, Santa Rosa Orthopaedics (SRO, strives to educate people about arthritis, and provide them treatment that can help them overcome their debilitating pain.

SRO’s experienced physicians specialize in treating a wide variety of orthopedic health problems, including total joint replacement, hand, foot, and ankle surgery, sports medicine, trauma, as well as spine and back care. SRO patients are treated by a collaborative team of 9 multi-specialist orthopedic surgeons, and experienced physical and occupational therapists with advanced training. At SRO’s 10,000 square foot Sport’s Medicine and Rehabilitation Center of Excellence, physical therapists and orthopedic physicians work together to provide patients comprehensive treatment for their arthritis. With orthopedic specialists and physical therapists operating in the same spacious location, patients benefit from their arthritis care team’s face-to-face collaboration.
Chronic arthritic pain is a common complaint people hear from friends and relatives throughout the nation. According to recent data from the Center for Disease Control, approximately 50 million adults in the United States are living with some form of arthritis. Fully 22% of United States residents over the age of 18 have received diagnoses of arthritis from their doctors. With inter-practice multi-specialist care from orthopedic surgeons and physical therapists, Santa Rosa Orthopaedics has helped patients living with arthritis achieve incredible, positive results.

After years of wear, the cartilage in knees, hips, and extremities that cushions joints and allows them to operate smoothly becomes rough and thin, resulting in arthritis. As the disease progresses, the cartilage give way completely, causing the bones to rub together with excruciating discomfort. Arthritis pain can vary in intensity. It can flare up unexpectedly, or seem to never subside. Sufferers of arthritis are often kept from doing both their favorite activities as well as mundane tasks due to the overwhelming pain that arises during certain movements. No one wants to live with arthritis, but the good news is that there are ways of overcoming pain.

Ironically, the inflammation of arthritis is a natural process of bodies attempting to protect themselves from the injury caused by bone-on-bone friction. Knowing this helps explain why arthritis can be difficult to treat effectively. While advancements in joint repair and total joint replacement surgeries continue to provide amazing positive results for patients suffering from arthritis, arthritis in the larger joints, such as the hips and knees, can sometimes be treated with nonsurgical methods.

Treatment options may include reducing activities that aggravate the condition, losing weight if appropriate, practicing specialized exercises, and using assistive devices such as braces, canes or walking sticks, or supportive sleeves. A variety of oral medications can be used, including non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), glucosamine, and chrondroitin sulfate. Cortisone injections are an effective therapy for some patients. Synovial Fluid Replacement Therapy may provide a fast and effective treatment for crippling arthritis. The treatment, which involves injecting a preparation of Hyaluronic Acid into the knee joint, may relieve pain and restore joint functions.

When osteoarthritis no longer can be managed using the above treatments, surgical options–including joint replacement arthroscopy–may be considered. Patients who undergo hip or knee replacement surgery typically experience dramatic improvement in joint function, as well as significant pain relief, following a 6-12 week period of rehabilitation. Everyone involved in a patient’s treatment works together ensuring the best care plan for each patient’s unique body type. It is hard to overestimate the benefits of receiving simultaneous care from orthopedic specialists and expert physical therapists, especially when surgical treatment is provided.

If you are suffering from arthritis, speak with your orthopedic specialist to determine the best route of treatment, or call Santa Rosa Orthopaedic Medical Group at (707) 546-1922 for an appointment. In its efforts to bring the best outcomes to patients, SRO has set the model for exceptional orthopedic care for over 60 years.