What doctor specializes in joint pain?
There are two common specialist physicians who treat joint pain: orthopaedists and rheumatologists. If you suspect that you may have arthritis, than a rheumatologist is most likely the best specialist for you to see, as they are specialists in the treatment of arthritis and other diseases that involve bones, muscles, and joints. Rheumatologists are also trained in making difficult diagnoses and how to treat all forms and types of arthritis, especially those that will require complex or complicated treatments.
When should I worry about joint pain?
While joint pain rarely requires emergency medical treatment or intervention, as most cases of mild to moderate joint pain can be managed and treated at home with home remedies and over-the-counter medications, there are cases where you should seek medical attention when experiencing joint pain.
If your joint pain is accompanied by swelling, redness, and/or tenderness and warmth around then joint, then you should make an appointment with your primary care physician. However, if your join pain is caused by an injury and involves any of the following symptoms – joint deformity, inability to use the joint injured, intense pain, or sudden swelling – then you should see a physician immediately.
What are the four stages of osteoarthritis?
There are four stages of osteoarthritis, with each possibly having different appropriate treatments. The four stage are:
- Minor: the least severe stage of osteoarthritis, in which patients develop minor wear-and-tear in their joints, but typically do not feel or experience pain in the area affected;
- Mild: x-rays at this stage will begin to reveal more noticeable bone spur growths – which are growths that often develop where bones meet in the joint – and the area affected will begin feeling stiff after sedentary periods and become uncomfortable;
- Moderate: in this stage, the cartilage in the area affects begins eroding, narrowing the gap between the bone and the joint, the joint becomes inflamed and begins causing pain and discomfort during routine daily activity;
- Severe: the most painful stage of osteoarthritis, at this stage, the cartilage is practically completely gone, which leads to an inflammatory response from the joint, additionally, the bone spurs which developed earlier have multiplied and often cause excruciating pain.
For minor and mild osteoarthritis, your physician may recommend that you alter your work-out routine or daily physical exercise and take supplements; in addition, they may also recommend that you begin wearing a fitted brace to help alleviate symptoms. For moderate osteoarthritis, the typical recommended treatment regimes include over-the-counter pain relievers and medication, prescription pain medication, and, in possibly severe cases, hyaluronic injections. In severe cases of osteoarthritis, the options are much more invasive, and may include bone realignment surgery and knee or hip replacement, depending on the affect area(s).
What is the best doctor to see for osteoarthritis?
For the treatment and management of osteoarthritis, the best physician to see is a rheumatologist, who are specialists in diagnosing and treating arthritis and other diseases that affect the joints, muscles, and bones. Although, in the course of your treatment and management, you may also need to see other health care practitioners and physicians, which may include physical or occupational therapists and orthopedic doctors or surgeons.
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