Osteoarthritis Specialist

Ramos Rheumatology, PC -  - Rheumatology

Ramos Rheumatology, PC

Rheumatology located in Avoca, PA

If your latest yearly checkup included an osteoporosis diagnosis, you may need a follow-up osteoarthritis consultation. At Ramos Rheumatology, PC in Avoca, Pennsylvania, Julio Ramos, MD, FACR, FACP, and Tracy Sokoloski, CRNP, understand that life changes and aging contribute to osteoarthritis. Dr. Ramos and Ms. Sokoloski look forward to helping you feel your best. Call the office or book an appointment today.

Osteoarthritis Q & A

What is osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis is a general term describing inflammation of the joints. Although osteoarthritis can start at any age, this condition generally starts as you grow older. This is due to the stress you put on joints during years of use.

Osteoarthritis is the most common type of inflammation in joints and occurs due to wear and tear on the cartilage that protects them. The condition tends to develop in your joints that bear the brunt of your weight, including your:

  • Hips
  • Knees
  • Spine

It may also show up in your finger joints, the neck, and large toe. Dr. Ramos and Ms. Sokoloski work as a seamless team to pinpoint problem areas and provide the most effective treatment.

What causes osteoarthritis?

While the exact cause of osteoarthritis is unknown, there are many factors involved that the team at Ramos Rheumatology help identify. It can run in families, for instance, or may relate to your job or a previous injury. Osteoarthritis is also more common among women and is influenced by your weight and physical fitness level.

The condition is caused by stiffness of the cartilage that protects the joint. For example, your hip joint has cartilage between the ball and socket to keep your bones from rubbing together. As the cartilage loses its elasticity with age, it breaks down and exposes the ends of your bones. It’s the resulting rubbing of these bones against each other that leads to inflammation.

What are the symptoms of osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis develops gradually, but specific symptoms can include:

  • Aching or soreness in the joints that increase with activity
  • Stiffness after long periods of rest
  • Obvious swelling of visible joints like those in your fingers or knee

If you think you’re experiencing the first signs of osteoarthritis, schedule a consultation at Ramos Rheumatology to discuss diagnosis and treatment plans.

How is osteoarthritis treated?

Your treatment plan depends on the location of the inflammation and factors such as your occupation, age, and fitness level. Dr. Ramos discusses all this with you and takes it into consideration when developing a care plan. Treatment takes a holistic approach and generally involves a combination of medical therapies and lifestyle changes.

Weight and exercise levels have a dramatic impact on osteoarthritis, especially when it affects weight-bearing joints like your knees and hips. Dr. Ramos may, therefore, suggest low-impact exercises and a weight-loss plan as part of your self-management, as well as nutriceuticals, to improve your diet and physical therapy to help regain strength.

Ramos Rheumatology also offers the latest medications and modalities, including antibiotics and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), as well as injection therapy to deliver corticosteroids and viscosupplementation.  

Osteoarthritis is a treatable condition with the expert help of Dr. Ramos and Ms. Sokoloski at Ramos Rheumatology. Call the office to schedule an appointment today.