Osteoarthritis (OA) is typically referred to as "the arthritis of aging" and usually develops after the age of 50. It commonly affects the hands, low back and knees. However, it can affect almost any joint. The diagnosis can be made easily with xrays. Early or diffuse OA can be the sign of a systemic inflammatory process. If this is the case the cause should be found and treated to help prevent progression of joint damage. OA of a single joint may be the result of a prior joint injury. Pain from osteoarthritis can be treated with various types of medications, creams and strengthening exercises. Steroid injections are often very effective for medium or large joints. Injections with hyaluronic acid can cause pain relief for up to 6 months. Your rheumatologist can help you determine the most appropriate treatment for you.
Choosing Your San Antonio Osteoarthritis Specialist
It's not easy selecting the right doctor who will take the time to understand your particular needs so that they can better help you understand your condition and its treatment. So it is imperative that you ask the right questions:
- Does your specialist have first-hand experience at serving those most affected by Osteoarthritis?
- Is your specialist recognized and respected by her peers as an active patient advocate?
- Is your specialist board certified in both Rheumatology and Internal Medicine?
Dr. Chelsea Clinton has a positive answer for each of these questions. Dr. Clinton's biography attests to her dedication. Inspired by the world-class rheumatologists she worked with at The University of Texas Medical School, Dr. Clinton has dedicated her career to patients who suffer from rheumatologic conditions.
Please call the office at (210) 591-0688 for more information or to make an appointment.