Osteoarthritis Treatment Ruston LA

Here are some information on Osteoarthritis including differences between primary osteoarthritis and secondary osteoarthritis plus osteoarthritis treatment and symptoms. Read on to learn more information.

Ladislas Lazaro
(337) 237-5008
913 S College Rd
Lafayette, LA
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Rheumatology

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Enrique Antonio Mendez, MD
(337) 475-1028
2335 S Kingswood
Lake Charles, LA
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Alberto Masferrer, Fac De Med, San Salvador, El Salvador
Graduation Year: 1991

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Reginald Sanders
(504) 899-1120
2633 Napoleon Ave
New Orleans, LA
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

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Ladislas Lazaro IV, MD
(318) 988-6661
913 S College Rd Ste 104
Lafayette, LA
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Male
Education
Medical School: La State Univ Sch Of Med In Shreveport, Shreveport La 71130
Graduation Year: 1989

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Dr.MADELAINE FELDMAN
(504) 899-1120
2633 Napoleon Ave # 530
New Orleans, LA
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F
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Rheumatologist
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Madelaine T Hedgpeth, MD
(504) 241-6407
6030 Bullard Ave
New Orleans, LA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Tulane Univ Sch Of Med, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1982

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Agnes A Solon
(318) 442-4200
201 4th St
Alexandria, LA
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Miguel Angel Garcia-Caro
(318) 445-9331
1337 Centre Ct
Alexandria, LA
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Rheumatology

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Seth Mark Berney, MD
(318) 675-5000
1501 Kings Hwy
Shreveport, LA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Temple Univ Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19140
Graduation Year: 1988

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Robert James Quinet, MD
(504) 842-4920
1514 Jefferson Hwy
New Orleans, LA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Cornell Univ Med Coll, New York Ny 10021
Graduation Year: 1974

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Exercising with Osteoarthritis

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Osteoarthritis

Exercising with osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease in which the cartilage starts to break down in the joints. The main function of cartilage is to maintain a frictionless surface and provide cushioning between bones. Thus, cartilage breakdown causes friction to develop between the bones of the joint, leading to inflammation, pain and decreased mobility.

Osteoarthritis is divided into two categories – primary and secondary. The two categories have the same symptoms, but differ in their origins:

  • Primary osteoarthritis has no specific cause and is often related to aging. As people get older, the water content of their cartilage increases while the protein content decreases. Over time, repetitive use of the joints can irritate the aged cartilage and lead to inflamed cartilage and pain. Eventually, the cartilage might start to flake off or form crevasses in its surface. The uneven surface that develops causes increased friction and more pain, as well as a decrease in joint mobility.
  • Secondary osteoarthritis will exhibit the same symptoms as mentioned above, but is a result of another disease or condition, such as obesity, trauma to the joint, congenital abnormalities, diabetes, gout or hormonal disorders.

The joints most commonly afflicted by osteoarthritis are the hands, feet, knees, hips and spine. Men and women are both affected by this disease, but it’s been recorded that under the age of 45, more men are affected than women, while over the age of 55, more women are affected than men.

Treatment

A number of people afflicted by osteoarthritis experience very little symptoms and do not require much treatment, while some individuals are affected severely and require one or more types of treatment to alleviate the symptoms. Rest, exercise, weight reduction (especially effective when weight-bearing joints are affected), physical and occupational therapy, and weight support devices ease the symptoms in some patients.

Other patients also require medication to reduce pain and increase mobility. Drugs such as aspirin, acetaminophen, NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) and cortisone are commonly recommended by the doctor and have proven effective for certain people. Research is still being done to determine the effectiveness of glucosamine supplementation.

If the condition becomes severe and the cartilage in the affected joints has disappeared altogether, patients need to undergo more drastic treatment. At this point, a knee scope or total joint replacement might be recommended.

Is exercise beneficial to osteoarthritis sufferers?

Exercise has a positive effect on arthritic individuals, since it does not aggravate the affected joint as long as it is performed at a level of intensity that does not cause pain. Exercise helps to enhance the strength of muscles surrounding the joints and increase cardiovascular fitness. It also helps to maintain or increase flexibility and...

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