For those facing osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, our specialists in NJ offer state-of-the-art treatment options that help patients from all walks of life Get Better Faster.

NJ Spine and Wellness offers osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis treatment in clinics throughout New Jersey, including:

  • East Brunswick
  • Matawan
  • Freehold
  • Old Bridge

Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain Relief

Medication for osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis pain relief include:

  • Acetaminophen: Ideal for those mild to moderate pain
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs): Over-the-counter NSAIDs, including ibuprofen and naproxen sodium, can relieve pain. Stronger NSAIDs are available by prescription.
  • Duloxetine: Normally used as an antidepressant, this medication is approved to treat chronic pain.

When you visit one of our specialists in NJ seeking pain relief for your osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, rest assured we’ll take the time to get to know your lifestyle and the severity of your symptoms to make safe, informed, and effective recommendations in regard to the management of your discomfort.

Osteoarthritis Treatment Options

Among the most common health complications we face as we age is chronic joint pain and stiffness due to chronic arthritis — the most common type of which is osteoarthritis, affecting some 32 million people. Osteoarthritis treatment options include:

Therapy

  • Physical therapy: A therapist can help a patient perform exercises to strengthen muscles around the joint, increase flexibility, and reduce pain
  • Occupational therapy: This type of therapy includes helping patients discover ways to carry out everyday tasks without putting added stress on an already painful joint. For instance, a toothbrush with a larger grip can make brushing teeth easier for osteoarthritis in the hands, and a bench in the shower can relieve the pain of standing for those with osteoarthritis in the knee
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS):
  • This involves a low-voltage electrical current to relieve pain, providing short-term relief for some individuals with knee and hip osteoarthritis

Surgery

If conservative treatments are not effective, the following procedures may be considered:

  • Cortisone injections: Injections of a corticosteroid into the joint may relieve pain for a few weeks
  • Lubrication injections: Injections of hyaluronic acid can relieve pain by providing cushioning in your knee
  • Bone realignment: If osteoarthritis in the knee has damaged one side of it more than the other, an osteotomy may be helpful
  • Joint replacement: In this procedure, a specialist removes the damaged joint surfaces and replaces them with plastic or metal parts

Osteoarthritis & Rheumatoid Arthritis: Frequently Asked Questions

What are the four stages of osteoarthritis?

  • Minor: Minor wear-and-tear in the joints, and little-to-no pain in the affected area
  • Mild: Noticeable bone spurs, and the affected area feeling stiff after sedentary periods
  • Moderate: The affected area’s cartilage begins to erode, and the joint becomes inflamed, causing discomfort during normal activities
  • Severe: Considerable pain, overgrowth of bony spurs, and near-gone cartilage, resulting in an inflammatory response from the joint

Does rheumatoid arthritis go away?

While there is no cure for rheumatoid arthritis, symptoms can come and go, and patients can even go into remission. Our specialists can help you create a drug and lifestyle regimen that’s goal is to stop rheumatoid arthritis symptoms in their tracks for as long as possible.

What is the difference between rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are types of arthritis. While they share similar characteristics, each has varying symptoms and requires different treatment. The main difference between the two is the cause behind the joint symptoms. Osteoarthritis is a result of mechanical wear and tear on the joints, while rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease in which one’s own immune system attacks their body’s joints.

Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis Specialists in NJ

Whether you’re looking for an accurate osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis or are seeking new treatment options to keep pain at bay, trust our NJ specialists to provide you with the utmost compassion and first-rate care. For more information about our osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis specialists throughout our New Jersey locations, including East Brunswick, Freehold, Matawan, and Old Bridge, get in touch with NJ Spine and Wellness today!