Diagnosis of Joint Arthritis
Symptoms of joint arthritis may include:
- Swelling of the joint(s)
- Decrease in range of motion
- Redness in the skin of the joint
When you visit your doctor for help with these symptoms, they may perform a physical exam, call for a CT Scan, MRI, or X-Ray, and use a variety of diagnostic tests to evaluate your symptoms of joint pain, which may be attributed to arthritis.
Types of Joint Arthritis
Arthritis generally arises from the breakdown of the cartilage that cushions the space between bones and allows ease of movement. There are an array of forms of arthritis, but the two most common types of arthritis are rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.
Rheumatoid arthritis is caused by inflammation led by the body’s immune system. As an auto-immune disorder, it is not generally caused by any particular type of motion, however it can have similar effects as osteoarthritis.
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease. It occurs when cartilage breaks down, causing inflammation and pain when the bones “rub” together.
Treatment may include rest, ice or heat, steroid injections, anti-inflammatory medications, and more. However, for patients whose joint arthritis does not respond to these interventions, surgical treatment options may be considered.
Surgical treatments for joint arthritis
There are a variety of surgical interventions meant to treat joint arthritis. As is the case with all surgical procedures, they do carry risks. It is absolutely vital to work with a licensed, trained, and experienced surgeon when considering or undergoing surgery to treat joint arthritis.
Why choose Engineered Aesthetics Plastic Surgery for joint arthritis treatment?
For patients in the Las Vegas area struggling with severe joint arthritis affecting the digits, hands, and wrists, Dr. Engineer and the team at Engineered Aesthetics Plastic Surgery may be able to offer highly effective and lasting surgical solutions. At your comprehensive consultation, Dr. Engineer will take the time to understand your situation and needs, and using the full weight of his training and experience, his priority is to create the best, safest, and most appropriate surgical plan for you.
Dr. Engineer is deeply committed to his patients, and you can expect to be welcomed as family from the moment you arrive at Engineered Aesthetics Plastic Surgery. From your consultation, through your procedure and recovery, and beyond, it is our goal to be a supportive and knowledgeable partner in treating your joint arthritis. Join us at Engineered Aesthetics Plastic Surgery and feel the difference.