We treat osteoarthritis and cartilage injuries with the goal of decreasing pain, improving function, and delaying the progression of arthritis. We offer non-invasive alternatives to joint replacement.
Non-surgical Treatment for Arthritis
We develop a personalized treatment plan to suit each patient’s lifestyle, with non-surgical options to improve joint function, decrease pain, and delay progression of arthritis.
Medications to Treat Arthritis:
- NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatories) to reduce pain and inflammation
- Topical anti-inflammatory creams and gels to reduce pain
- Glucosamine to reduce stiffness and swelling
- Chondroitin to reduce pain and increase joint mobility
Lifestyle Adjustments to Treat Arthritis:
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons’ top recommendations to treat osteoarthritis include weight loss, low impact aerobic exercise, and strength training.
- Weight Loss: Dr. Dyal is board-certified in Obesity Medicine, and provides state-of-the-art treatment to support sustainable and healthy weight loss through medically supervised weight management programs.
- Customized Exercise Programs: Our facility personalizes fitness programs appropriate for each person’s individual fitness level and medical condition.
- Supervised Exercise Classes: Exercise physiologists and certified personal trainers supervise cardioaerobic activities, strength training, and flexibility training in small groups as well as personal training sessions.
- Anti-inflammatory Meal Plans: Guidelines prepared by a Registered Dietician and customized to each person’s caloric needs and food preferences.
Minimally Invasive Injections for Arthritis:
Hyaluronic Acid is the lubricant in normal synovial joint fluid, but in arthritic joints it breaks down and does not provide the necessary lubrication for proper joint function. We offer hyaluronic acid injections to increase lubrication and cushion the joints, using ultrasound to ensure accurate delivery to the precise location where they will do the most good.
Cortisone is a powerful anti-inflammatory steroid that decreases inflammation in the joints. We use cortisone injections for both acute and chronic conditions.
Joint injections are performed in our office, and usually requires no anesthetic. Side effects from injections are minimal and rare, but may include mild pain at the injection site.