Arthritis, a common joint disease, is the leading cause of disability in America, affecting more than 50 million adults and 300,000 children in the United States. David Liao, DO of Dr. David Liao Orthopaedic Center, LLC, is an orthopaedic surgeon with nearly 20 years of experience treating arthritis and osteoarthritis. With two Texas locations, Greenville in Hunt County and Royse City in Rockwall County, Dr. Liao offers various treatment options to give patients of all ages relief from arthritis symptoms. Call the office to schedule an appointment.
Arthritis is an all-encompassing term for more than 100 different types of arthritis and related joint conditions. The various types of arthritis affect both children and adults, and cause joint pain, swelling, and stiffness.
Arthritis symptoms can be stable for years at a time, or progress slowly, making it difficult to climb stairs or do many other daily activities. Visible changes may occur, which make your joints look knobby or crooked.
Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis. It’s caused by wear and tear in the joints, leading to the eventual breakdown of cartilage so that bones rub together, causing pain, swelling, and inflammation. OA is a chronic, degenerative disease that most commonly affects men and women over the age of 60. Many times, OA occurs in the knees, hips, lower back, hands, and neck.
When OA occurs in your knees, hips, or another area, Dr. Liao may be able to help relieve your pain with different types of injections. Joint fluid therapy injections and cortisone injections provide pain relief directly to the joint in which you are experiencing the painful symptoms of OA.
Joint fluid injections typically consist of hyaluronic acid, a fluid that naturally occurs around your joints. When you have OA, your natural hyaluronic acid breaks down and no longer provides cushioning for your joints. Dr. Liao injects the fluid directly into your joint to help replace the natural fluid, so you get relief from pain.
Cortisone injections are also used to reduce inflammation and joint pain. Dr. Liao may prescribe cortisone for your knees, ankles, hips, elbows, shoulder, or wrists. Since cortisone is a steroid medication that may have side effects, you are typically limited to three or four injections per year.
If you’ve been experiencing chronic joint pain that doesn’t seem to respond to over-the-counter pain relievers, or you notice your joints are getting progressively stiffer, more swollen, or difficult to move, it’s a good idea to contact Dr. Liao. He can diagnose your symptoms and recommend the best treatment options. The sooner you seek treatment for arthritis or osteoarthritis, the more options you’ll have for long-term pain relief.