Millions of Americans have osteoarthritis, caused when the cushion between bones in a joint wears away. But you don’t have to live with daily pain, swelling and stiffness. Today’s arthritis treatments can offer dramatic, even long-term relief. Here are 5 ways to treat arthritis, from Emory sports medicine physician, Ken Mautner, MD.
- Physical therapy and occupational therapy. A physical therapist can help improve mobility in painful joints and increase overall strength. An occupational therapist can help you find ways to perform your daily activities.
- Cortisone injections. Cortisone, a powerful anti-inflammatory medicine, can be injected directly into a painful joint. Relief usually starts within a couple of days and can last for weeks or longer. Most people can get cortisone shots three or four times a year, at least six weeks apart. There are negative effects of too much cortisone so you should ask your physician if it is safe to have these injections performed.
- Stem cell injections. This innovative treatment, also called regenerative medicine, is available at only a few clinics nationwide, including Emory Healthcare. It can often provide significant pain relief, and possibly some regeneration. A doctor takes bone marrow cells from the back of your hip and injects them into the arthritic joint or related tendon. There is also a similar procedure using your blood or body fat that can help painful joints feel better.
- Joint repair or fusion. Orthopedic surgeons can often smooth and realign joint surfaces using minimally invasive techniques. For smaller joints, surgeons often remove the ends of the two bones and fuse them so that they heal into one unit.
- Joint replacement. An orthopedic surgeon replaces the arthritic joint with an artificial joint, (prosthesis). After recovering and physical therapy, most people have near complete pain relief.
Emory Healthcare’s specialists can help you create a treatment plan that works for your arthritis and your life. Would you like to learn more? Yes, I’d like to learn more now.
About Dr. Maturner
Dr. Ken Mautner is Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the Department of Orthopedic Surgery At Emory University in Atlanta, GA. He is board certified in PM&R with a subspecialty certification in Sports Medicine. He is the Director of Primary Care Sports Medicine at Emory and Fellowship Director for the ACGME accredited Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship. Dr. Mautner is co-editor of the Atlas of Interventional Musculoskeletal Ultrasound. He has been using Musculoskeletal U/S in his practice since 2007 for and has been teaching courses around the country since 2009. In addition, He is considered a leader in the field of Orthobiologics treatment for chronic soft tissue and joint disorders. Dr. Mautner also serves as Team Physician for Emory University, Agnes Scott College, Pace Academy, and a Consulting Physician for Georgia Tech Athletes.