Arthritis Osteoarthritis & TMJ
We treat “joint pain” secondary to inflammatory responses and ligamentum laxity. Most inflammatory responses are secondary to osteoarthritis, which is wear-and-tear of the joints themselves commonly due to chronic stress, i.e. sports injuries, physical lifestyle and/or aging. Osteoarthritis can affect all the joints of the body including the shoulders, knees, fingers, wrists, and ankles. Treatment modalities include medication management, intraarticular steroid injections, prolotherapy treatment, and hyaluronic acid injections particularly for knee pain.
Joint pain can also be secondary to autoimmune arthritis, which is an inflammatory process secondary to a systemic autoimmune disorder such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, or Sjögren’s disease. Arthritis can also be secondary to gouty changes, which is an inflammatory response to crystal deposits in the joint, which is usually diet-related. Other joint pain that is treated within this practice includes the joint of the upper and lower jaw known as the TMJ joint. TMJ issues can be treated in conjunction with a dentist or oral maxillary surgeon including splinting, prolotherapy, and corticosteroid injections.
Written and Compiled by:
Sophia Leonard-Burns, PA-C