Osteoarthritis (OA) mostly affects the fingers, hips, and knees as well as joints that are subject to repetitive stress. Nearly 27 million Americans over the age of 30 suffer from some form of OA, which results in joint pain and often, functional disability. Aging and obesity are the main factors responsible for the prevalence of OA.
A study that was recently published in Arthritis Care & Research, a journal of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR), provides the proof that collaborative care is highly effective in managing knee osteoarthritis. It was proved that multidisciplinary centers can effectively fill the gaps in OA patient care through control and intervention programs. Patients in the intervention group received OA screening questionnaires, education, pain medication management, physical therapy exercises, and primary care physician (PCP) communication. In the control group, participants received an educational pamphlet.
If you suffer from OA, the best option is to get treatment at an established pain management center that ensures a collaborative approach to care. The “right” center would be one with highly trained healthcare specialists and physical therapists who have vast experience in treating OA patients. Treatment programs would include various measures such as massage and myofascial release, Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS), ice and heat packs, ultrasound, traction, and injury prevention education. Locate a multi-specialty center with a team of orthopedists, neurologists, pain management doctors, chiropractors, clinical psychologists and physical therapists working in unison to provide you with a comprehensive solution.