The Painful Reality of Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis can make performing ordinary and everyday tasks at work or home much more challenging. Opening your bottle of vitamins in the morning, trying to grasp and maneuver your computer mouse, or grasping your steering wheel can become nearly impossible. Climbing one flight of stairs, standing up and sitting down on a chair, can be tough. Pain Management Specialist Dr. Mark LeDoux warns that many people believe the effects of osteoarthritis are inevitable, so they don’t do anything to manage it. “Steps can be taken to prevent further joint damage, control your pain, and prevent your work and family life from being affected by the condition,” he advises.

Osteoarthritis, also known as a degenerative joint disease, is the most common type of arthritis. Osteoarthritis is linked to the breakdown of a joint’s cartilage. It can cause the cartilage in a joint to become stiff and lose elasticity, making it more susceptible to injury. As the movement continues and the cartilage diminishes, ligaments and tendons stretch causing pain. In some cases, the bones start to rub against each other causing intense pain.

What Are the Symptoms of Osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis is most common in people middle-aged and older, and more commonly affects women than men. The symptoms can range from mild to extremely severe. Most feel symptoms in their hands, hips, knees, feet and the back.

Symptoms of Osteoarthritis

  • Soreness and stiffness in the joints
  • Cracking sound when joint bends
  • Swelling around a joint
  • Pain worse after activity or at the end of the day
  • Stiffness that goes away after movement
  • Pain after either overuse or long periods of inactivity
  • Bony enlargements in the middle and end joints of fingers

Dr. Mark LeDoux is an Interventional Pain Management Specialist dual certified by both the American Board of Pain Management and the American Board of Anesthesia respectively with a Fellowship in Interventional Pain Management. Dr. LeDoux is co-director of Interventional Spine & Pain with offices in Dallas and Addison Texas. To schedule, a consultation with Dr. LeDoux click on his profile or call his office at 214-888- 3900.