Osteoarthritis Specialist

Pain Consultants of Michigan/ A & R Therapies

Interventional Pain and Regenerative Therapies & Aesthetics located in Saginaw, MI

Osteoarthritis is the most common joint disorder in the United States and is also a progressive disease that worsens over time, but regenerative therapies such as platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections can promote healing of the cartilage. Lakshmana Madala, MD, FIPP, at Pain Consultants of Michigan/ A & R Therapies specializes in regenerative and interventional treatments that can relieve your pain, improve mobility, and help heal your degenerated tissues. To learn more about treatments for knee, hip and shoulder osteoarthritis, call 989-752-1900 or have your physician refer you to our office.

Osteoarthritis Q & A

What causes osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease that develops over time as daily wear-and-tear begin to affect articular cartilage. This type of cartilage covers the end of each bone inside a joint, where it allows smooth movement between the bones.

Everyday pressure and movement gradually wear away the cartilage. Osteoarthritis occurs as the cartilage degeneration worsens and one bone rubs against the other. As a result, inflammation and bone spurs develop, increasing your pain and restricting movement.

What symptoms will I develop due to osteoarthritis?

Symptoms usually develop slowly and continue to gradually worsen. The characteristic symptoms of osteoarthritis include:

  • Pain when you move the joint
  • Tenderness when you apply light pressure
  • Joint stiffness that may be worse after resting
  • Loss of flexibility
  • Limited range of motion
  • Grinding sensation when using the joint

Osteoarthritis may develop in any joint in your body, but it commonly affects the three areas treated at Pain Consultants of Michigan/ A & R Therapies: your knees, hips, and shoulders.

What is post-traumatic osteoarthritis?

Post-traumatic osteoarthritis begins when you sustain a joint injury that damages cartilage. Unlike degenerative osteoarthritis, this type of the condition may heal on its own, but if it persists, it becomes classic degenerative osteoarthritis. It’s estimated that 12% of all cases of osteoarthritis begin as post-traumatic osteoarthritis.

How is osteoarthritis treated?

Your treatment plan is customized to reduce inflammation, relieve pain, and preserve joint mobility. One of the key treatments is gentle exercise. Many patients find that working with a physical therapist helps them learn the best exercises for their body.

Dr. Madala also offers treatments that relieve your pain, such as:

Intra-articular corticosteroid injections

Injecting steroids directly into the joint reduces inflammation, which alleviates your pain.

Platelet-rich plasma injections

Platelets found in your blood contain growth factors. When PRP — plasma with a concentrated amount of platelets — is injected into the arthritic joint, the growth factors promote healing of the cartilage and surrounding tissues, stimulate new tissue growth, and diminish inflammation.

PRP injections are especially beneficial for knee osteoarthritis, where they relieve your pain and may help promote cartilage regeneration. Studies indicate that PRP injections relieve pain better than hyaluronic acid injections, another common treatment option.

To learn more about the pain-relieving treatments available at Pain Consultants of Michigan/ A & R Therapies, call 989-752-1900 or have your physician refer you to our office. If you would like to learn more about PRP injections, call Pain Consultants of Michigan/ A & R Therapies or request a regenerative therapy consultation online today.