Arthritis Treatments in Austin, Kyle, Dripping Springs, and San marcos
Most cases of arthritis can be treated with non-surgical methods. Temporary joint rest and pain relievers (over-the-counter or prescription) are sometimes all that are needed. If your symptoms do not improve significantly with these medications, a cortisone injection may be successful in reducing inflammation and pain.
Viscosupplementation injections are an option for arthritis, but are currently only FDA-approved for use in the knee. These injections deliver hyaluronic acid, a natural substance found in synovial fluid, into the knee joint. Studies are underway to test its usefulness in other joints.
Greater Austin Pain Center works closely with occupational/physical therapists who can help you strengthen the muscles surrounding problem areas, adding joint stability and relieving pain. Aquatic therapy in a heated pool can potentially be recommended. Your therapists may also apply heat to treat stiffness, and ice to decrease pain. They may also recommend splints, walkers, or canes to help relieve stress on your joints. Therapists will instruct you on how to get through daily activities, such as housework and meal preparation, in a manner that puts less stress on your joints.
When administered by a trained professional, acupuncture can be a time-tested treatment for pain. Very fine needles are strategically placed around the body to block or interrupt pain pathways. Additionally, exercise regimes such as yoga, pilates, and tai chi can improve arthritis pain in many ways. Physically, the stretching and strengthening provided by these programs has a direct positive effect for many with arthritis.
Common Non-Surgical Arthritis Treatments
Greater Austin Pain Center specialists can discuss appropriate pain management options with you to decide what is best. There are several types of treatments for arthritis and joint pain, such as:
Lubricating medication is injected into a joint, most commonly the knees.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections
Non-operative therapy, injected into injured or painful area.
Injections to administer local anesthetic and/or steroids to reduce swelling and inflammation.