Though Osteoarthritis is one of the most common types of arthritis, it doesn’t mean it hurts any less. This type of degenerative joint disease can impact any joint in the body, including the hands, hips, and spine. With Osteoarthritis the cartilage in the joints breaks down over time. It is most commonly found in people aged over 65, but it is possible to affect younger adults as well.


Family history, injuries and excess weight are common factors with patients diagnosed with osteoarthritis though an exact cause is not yet known. Studies have shown secondary osteoarthritis can result from an injury causing inflammation of the joint. Research also suggests that extra weight may cause cartilage to break down at a higher rate than those at a healthy weight. Physicians at The Spine & Pain Center will consider all of these risks when making their diagnosis.


As a degenerative disease Osteoarthritis may go undetected for a period of time. Morning stiffness turns into consistent pain and swelling as the degeneration progresses. Next patients feel a grinding sensation or clicking joints eventually leading to limited mobility and loss of range of motion.


Unfortunately, there isn’t a cure for osteoarthritis, but movement is often the best medicine. Physicians at The Spine & Pain Center recommend physical activity to increase blood flow to the diseased area in order to relieve pain. Endorphins released during exercise may provide a pain-reducing effect in addition to helping patients keep off excess weight that puts pressure on the bones and joints. Biking and swimming are great low-impact sports that are easier on the joints.

Other options for treating osteoarthritis include steroid injections that are administered directly into the joint. This method combines an anesthetic and a steroid solution that can soothe any inflammation caused by osteoarthritis. Physicians at Tulsa Spine & Pain Center are trained to help osteoarthritis patients regain their range of motion and reduce their pain.