Arthritis Specialist

Orthopaedic Institute For Spinal Disorders

Orthopaedic Surgeon located in Houston, TX

It’s estimated that more than 50 million adults in the United States have been diagnosed with arthritis by their doctor, and it’s the leading cause of disability in the United States. Jose E. Rodriguez-Cordova, MD, FACS, and the team at Orthopaedic Institute For Spinal Disorders in Houston provide general orthopaedic care and specialize in the management of joint and spinal arthritis to help reduce your pain and improve your quality of life. For help with your arthritis from orthopaedic experts, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Arthritis Q & A

What is arthritis?

Arthritis refers to inflammation of your joints and can affect any joint in your body, including the joints in your spine. The inflammation is usually accompanied by pain and stiffness. Your risk of developing arthritis increases as you get older, and you may be at risk of developing the condition if you have a family history, a previous injury to your joint, or you carry excess weight.

What are the most common types of arthritis?

While there are many different types of arthritis, the most common include:

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is by far the most common type of arthritis in the United States, affecting about 31 million people. This type of arthritis develops from the general wear and tear of your joints, which leads to cartilage damage and bone-on-bone contact that results in pain and inflammation.

Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder in which your immune system attacks the lining of your joint capsule, known as the synovial capsule, leading to inflammation and swelling.

Other conditions that lead to arthritis include gout, psoriatic arthritis, and lupus.

How is arthritis treated?

When it comes to treatment for arthritis, the team at Orthopaedic Institute For Spinal Disorders focuses on reducing your symptoms and improving joint range of motion. Your treatment may include:

  • Anti-inflammatories and pain relievers
  • Joint injections
  • Physical therapy

Due to the range of symptoms, it may take some time to find the right combination of treatments to help you get relief from your arthritis pain. The team at Orthopaedic Institute For Spinal Disorders works together with you to find the most effective treatment.

When is surgery for arthritis needed?

If conservative measures fail to reduce your symptoms and improve your quality of life, the team at Orthopaedic Institute For Spinal Disorders may recommend surgery. Surgical options for arthritis include:

  • Joint repair, to smooth out and realign the joint
  • Joint replacement, where your damaged joint is replaced with an artificial joint
  • Joint fusion, which is joining of the joint bones, such as a spinal fusion

The team at Orthopaedic Institute For Spinal Disorders only recommends joint replacement surgery as a last resort. While joint replacement can restore motion, the artificial joints can wear out, which may require additional surgeries.

For management of your joint or spinal arthritis from the orthopaedic experts at Orthopaedic Institute For Spinal Disorders, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.