Dr. James Ashford and his team at Ashford Pain Solutions in Athens, Georgia, specialize in interventional pain management for chronic, painful conditions like osteoarthritis. Dr. Ashford is a board-certified anesthesiologist who uses minimally invasive, nonsurgical treatments to address your pain at its source. You can rely on Dr. Ashford’s medical expertise and skill as a physician as well as his commitment to providing patient-focused care in a warm and welcoming environment. Schedule your visit today. Call the office or book your appointment online.
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis in the United States. It can affect any joint, but typically develops in the hands, knees, hips, and spine and occurs when the cartilage that cushions the ends of bones in your joints gradually deteriorates. If the cartilage wears down completely, bone rubs against bone when you move the joint.
While it’s commonly referred to as a wear-and-tear condition that’s associated with aging, osteoarthritis can occur as the result of an injury or trauma associated with persistent overuse of a joint during work activities, sports, or household chores. Osteoarthritis also causes changes in the bones and connective tissues that hold a joint together and can cause inflammation and swelling of the tissue lining the affected joint (synovial membrane).
Osteoarthritis causes symptoms that typically develop slowly and usually worsen over time, which may include:
Beyond changes associated with the aging process, factors that may increase your risk of developing osteoarthritis include:
Dr. Ashford designs customized treatment plans for each of his patients, which may include:
If you’re one of the millions of Americans experiencing the debilitating effects of osteoarthritis, Dr. Ashford can help. Call the office today to schedule an appointment or book your visit online.