People who have painful arthritis are always looking for ways to get some relief. Our hospital is committed to keeping our patients up-to-date with all the latest treatments and procedures. Included below is some information about arthritis, along with the types of doctors who treat it.
What is Arthritis?
There are many types of arthritis, and the symptoms can range from mild to severe. Common symptoms include:
- Decrease range in motion
Arthritis can damage joints and frequently occurs as people age.
Who Can Treat My Arthritis?
At the first sign of pain and discomfort, it's typical to set an initial appointment with your family doctor. From there, the doctor will recommend if you should see either an orthopedist or a rheumatologist. So what's the difference?
An orthopedic doctor treats injuries of the musculoskeletal system. They are experienced in treating arthritis, most commonly osteoarthritis, which results from cartilage breaking down in between joints and causing pain. Usually, due to wear and tear, it's the most common type of arthritis and occurs as we age.
A rheumatologist treats joint diseases and also autoimmune disorders like lupus. If you're diagnosed with something other than osteoarthritis, you'll most likely find your way to a rheumatologist.
How Can an Orthopedic Surgeon Help?
The short answer is yes! While surgery may be the last option for most people, it's sometimes necessary when all other treatments fail. The purpose of surgery is simple — relieve pain and improve day to day functions. Here are some common procedures an orthopedic surgeon performs:
Joint Replacement — Think hip and knee replacement. These are the most common types of joint replacement surgeries orthopedic surgeons usually perform, but ankles, wrists, and elbows can also be done.
Arthroscopy — A type of procedure performed to diagnose the problem within a joint. It's a minimally invasive procedure that's typically used for knees, shoulders, and ankles.
Osteotomy — An osteotomy is a procedure that cuts the bone to correct its alignment. It can help reduce chronic pain from arthritis. An osteotomy is typically performed on the knee and is done to shift some weight from the joint's damaged part. The procedure can also be performed on the jaw, hip, and spine.
Top Orthopedic Surgeons in Idaho Perform Procedures at Treasure Valley Hospital
Orthopedic doctors can help ease the pain of arthritis and get you back on your feet. If you have arthritis and are looking for help, please contact your physician to schedule an appointment. To determine if your physician has privileges with Treasure Valley Hospital, ask them or scroll to the Practicing Physicians' section of our Orthopedics page. Our goal is to provide high-quality, low-cost personalized care to each patient.