Osteoarthritis - Dr. Ronjon Paul

About Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is extremely common in aging adults, and is the most common form of arthritis. Per the name, this form is characterized by damage to almost any joint in the body, and subsequent bony growths as the joint tries to stabilize itself. These growths are called “bone spurs,” and as the name suggests, can produce pain of the affected area.

The most common locations of osteoarthritis include the knees, hips, and spine, but will also regularly present in the hands; especially in patients with more manually demanding lifestyles. Diagnosis is typically made by x-ray, and can be identified even before patients experience symptoms of this disease.

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About Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is extremely common in aging adults, and is the most common form of arthritis. Per the name, this form is characterized by damage to almost any joint in the body, and subsequent bony growths as the joint tries to stabilize itself. These growths are called “bone spurs,” and as the name suggests, can produce pain of the affected area.

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The most common locations of osteoarthritis include the knees, hips, and spine, but will also regularly present in the hands; especially in patients with more manually demanding lifestyles. Diagnosis is typically made by x-ray, and can be identified even before patients experience symptoms of this disease.

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adults report experiencing chronic back pain
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lost work days to chronic back pain every year
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of population will experience back pain in life
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related minimally invasive treatments offered by Dr. Paul

How is Osteoarthritis managed?

NSAID pain relievers are typically the primary course of management for pain associated with osteoarthritis. Strong opioids are usually not recommended, but less potent options may be used in some cases. Therapeutic injections may also be considered, such as steroids and hyaluronic acid injections. These can take some time to see the effects, but should provide lasting relief. Additional braces or supports may also be used to help reduce the impact of daily life on a patient’s skeletal system. In cases where these options prove inadequate, a severely arthritic joint may be a candidate for arthroplasty or joint-replacement. These are commonly performed for the hips and knees, and generally have a good prognosis.

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How is Osteoarthritis managed?

NSAID pain relievers are typically the primary course of management for pain associated with osteoarthritis. Strong opioids are usually not recommended, but less potent options may be used in some cases. Therapeutic injections may also be considered, such as steroids and hyaluronic acid injections. These can take some time to see the effects, but should provide lasting relief. Additional braces or supports may also be used to help reduce the impact of daily life on a patient’s skeletal system. In cases where these options prove inadequate, a severely arthritic joint may be a candidate for arthroplasty or joint-replacement. These are commonly performed for the hips and knees, and generally have a good prognosis.

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How is Osteoarthritis diagnosed?

In most cases, x-rays will be satisfactory to determine if a person has osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis can usually be diagnosed by x-ray even in patients with little symptomatic presentation.

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How is Osteoarthritis diagnosed?

In most cases, x-rays will be satisfactory to determine if a person has osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis can usually be diagnosed by x-ray even in patients with little symptomatic presentation.

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The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content, including text, graphics, images and information, contained on or available through this web site is for general information purposes only. Dr. Paul makes no representation and assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of information contained on or available through this web site, and such information is subject to change without notice. You are encouraged to confirm any information obtained from or through this website with other sources, and review all information regarding any medical condition or treatment with your physician. NEVER DISREGARD PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL ADVICE OR DELAY SEEKING MEDICAL TREATMENT BECAUSE OF SOMETHING YOU HAVE READ ON OR ACCESSED THROUGH THIS WEB SITE.

Dr. Paul does not recommend, endorse or make any representation about the efficacy, appropriateness or suitability of any specific tests, products, procedures, treatments, services, opinions, health care providers or other information that may be contained on or available through this web site. DR. PAUL IS NOT RESPONSIBLE NOR LIABLE FOR ANY ADVICE, COURSE OF TREATMENT, DIAGNOSIS OR ANY OTHER INFORMATION, SERVICES OR PRODUCTS THAT YOU OBTAIN THROUGH THIS WEB SITE. www.paulspine.com/legal/disclaimer.

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The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content, including text, graphics, images and information, contained on or available through this web site is for general information purposes only. Dr. Paul makes no representation and assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of information contained on or available through this web site, and such information is subject to change without notice. You are encouraged to confirm any information obtained from or through this website with other sources, and review all information regarding any medical condition or treatment with your physician. NEVER DISREGARD PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL ADVICE OR DELAY SEEKING MEDICAL TREATMENT BECAUSE OF SOMETHING YOU HAVE READ ON OR ACCESSED THROUGH THIS WEB SITE.

Dr. Paul does not recommend, endorse or make any representation about the efficacy, appropriateness or suitability of any specific tests, products, procedures, treatments, services, opinions, health care providers or other information that may be contained on or available through this web site. DR. PAUL IS NOT RESPONSIBLE NOR LIABLE FOR ANY ADVICE, COURSE OF TREATMENT, DIAGNOSIS OR ANY OTHER INFORMATION, SERVICES OR PRODUCTS THAT YOU OBTAIN THROUGH THIS WEB SITE. www.paulspine.com/legal/disclaimer.

Individuals’ outcomes may depend on a number of factors, including but not limited to patient characteristics, disease characteristics and/or surgeon experience.

All logos and names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

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DAY OF SURGERY INFORMATION

Edwards Hospital

Arrival & Directions

Drive to the South parking garage. Free Valet parking is available during business hours. If you self-park, take the elevator from the garage to the first floor to enter the main hospital lobby. Wheelchairs are available if needed. Take the D elevator to the 2nd floor. Proceed to the Surgical and Endoscopy Check-In Desk. Here you and your family will be checked in and escorted to the Pre-op Area to be prepared for surgery. Up to two family members may wait with you until you are taken to surgery. Your family may then wait in the Surgical Waiting room until notified by the surgeon that the surgery has been completed. A receptionist will take down contact information so that your family may be easily reached to speak with Dr. Paul. Complimentary coffee is available for your family while in the Surgical Waiting room. The cafeteria and gift shop are on the ground floor in the North area of the hospital and the coffee shop is in the South area of the hospital for your family’s convenience.

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In the preoperative room you will be prepared for surgery. The team will be checking your vital signs, starting your IV, validating your medications, health history, lab results and any follow up for additional testing needed. At this time, they will obtain your consent for surgery and answer any questions you may still have. Your anesthesiologist will see you and your family prior to your surgery. Dr. Paul, Adam or Kevin  will mark your surgical site. You will be escorted to the operating room by cart. Your family can wait in the surgical waiting room. Dr. Paul will call them when surgery is completed.  If he can not reach them, he will leave a message with the Patient Liaison. Following surgery you will be taken to the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) where you will recover for an hour or more. During this time, pain and nausea control will be established and your vital signs will be monitored frequently.