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About Arthritis

Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis is, also known as “wear and tear” arthritis. It occurs when the cartilage that cushions and protects the ends of your bones within a joint gradually wears away. Osteoarthritis can result from overuse, trauma, or the natural degeneration of cartilage that occurs with aging. It typically occurs more often is often more painful in joints that bear weight, such as the knee, hip, and spine. However, joints that are used extensively in work or sports, or joints that have been damaged by injury or trauma may also show signs of osteoarthritis. With most types of arthritis, the joint becomes inflamed, causing swelling, pain and stiffness. Inflammation in the joint may be severe and cause long-lasting or permanent disability. There is no cure for arthritis, but there are a variety of treatments to help relieve the pain and disability that it can cause.

Arthritis Treatment at UT Health Austin

Arthritis treatment here at UT Health Austin typically starts with lifestyle modifications, such as weight loss and exercise, which can be helpful in preserving your joints and delaying the progression of arthritis. Other treatments, such as over the counter NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs), physical therapy, braces, and walking aids can be helpful in reducing your pain and maintaining your activity level. If that doesn’t help, you and your care team can discuss options like topical NSAIDs or injections. Depending on the progression of your condition and your goals, joint replacement surgery may also be an option to address your arthritis. Throughout the course of your treatment, your care team will work with you to understand the risk and benefits and what you can expect throughout your care.

Initial Approach: Exercise

Lifestyle Modifications (weight loss, exercise), Physical Therapy, Walking Aids, Braces

Non-Invasive treatment

Topical or prescribed NSAIDs (Ibuprofen) or Injections

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Joint Replacement

About the Musculoskeletal Institute

The Musculoskeletal Institute at UT Health Austin works to improve the overall health of every patient. Whether you are suffering from chronic joint pain or an injury, our doctor-led care teams work to find treatment goals to fit your lifestyle. We understand that improving your quality of life is important to you, which is why our team will work with you to personalize your treatment plan. For some patients, your goal may be to set a personal record when you run your next marathon. For others, it may be to comfortably play with your grandkids at the park. Whatever your goals, we’ll work with you to achieve them.