Arthritis/Osteoarthritis

Treated by Ark-La-Tex Spine Care – serving Shreveport, Bossier City and the surrounding areas

Types

There are over 100 forms of arthritis. The three most prevalent types of arthritis are:

  • Osteoarthritis (OA)
  • Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
  • Juvenile Arthritis (JA)

Symptoms

The symptoms experienced with OA generally develop slowly and worsen over time. Symptoms of OA include:

  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Tenderness
  • Grating Sensation
  • Loss of Flexibility

Diagnosis

A physical examination of the affected joint(s) will be done to check for swelling, tenderness, or redness. The joint’s range of motion may also be examined. If necessary, imaging and lab tests may be ordered by the physician. Imaging test will take a picture of the joint. These images are achieved through an X-ray or Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

Treatment

There is now cure for OA however there are treatments available to help relieve the pain associated with OA.

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