Spotlight on Arthritis Awareness: Orthopedic Specialists & Sports Medicine Releases Informative Videos

May marks National Arthritis Awareness Month, a time dedicated to educating and advocating for those living with arthritis. In support of this important cause, Orthopedic Specialists & Sports Medicine is proud to announce the release of a series of enlightening videos focusing on hip, knee, and shoulder arthritis. Led by distinguished orthopedic surgeons Dr. Brad L. Bernacki, Dr. Edward L. Westerheide, and Dr. Alex Tancevski, these videos aim to provide valuable insights into arthritis, including its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment options.

Understanding Arthritis: Unveiling the Basics

Arthritis is a prevalent condition characterized by inflammation and degeneration of the joints. While it can affect any joint in the body, arthritis commonly targets the hips, knees, and shoulders. Within the informative videos released by Orthopedic Specialists & Sports Medicine, viewers will gain a comprehensive understanding of arthritis, its causes, and its impact on joint health.

Identifying Symptoms of Hip, Knee, and Shoulder Arthritis

Recognizing the signs of arthritis is paramount for early intervention and effective management. Dr. Bernacki, Dr. Westerheide, and Dr. Tancevski discuss the hallmark symptoms associated with arthritis in the hip, knee, and shoulder joints. These symptoms may include:

  • Persistent joint pain, particularly during movement or weight-bearing activities.
  • Stiffness and limited range of motion in the affected joint.
  • Swelling, warmth, and tenderness around the joint area.
  • Difficulty performing daily tasks, such as walking, climbing stairs, or reaching overhead.
  • Joint instability or locking sensations.

Diagnosis: Navigating the Evaluation Process

The orthopedic surgeons shed light on the diagnostic journey individuals may undergo when seeking evaluation for arthritis. From physical examinations to imaging studies such as X-rays and MRIs, Dr. Bernacki, Dr. Westerheide, and Dr. Tancevski explain the various methods used to accurately diagnose and assess the severity of arthritis in the hips, knees, and shoulders.

Exploring Treatment Options for Arthritis

Arthritis management encompasses a spectrum of treatment modalities tailored to individual needs. Through the educational videos, viewers will gain insight into the diverse approaches to arthritis treatment, including:

  • Medications: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and analgesics to alleviate pain and inflammation.
  • Physical Therapy: Customized exercise regimens and physical therapy techniques can help improve joint mobility, strengthen surrounding muscles, and enhance overall function.
  • Injections: Intra-articular injections, such as corticosteroids, may offer targeted relief by reducing inflammation and lubricating the joint.
  • Surgical Intervention: For severe cases of arthritis, surgical procedures such as joint replacement or arthroscopy may be recommended to alleviate pain and restore joint function.

Empowering Patients Through Education and Awareness

Orthopedic Specialists & Sports Medicine is committed to empowering patients with the knowledge and resources needed to navigate their arthritis journey with confidence. By releasing these informative videos during National Arthritis Awareness Month, Dr. Bernacki, Dr. Westerheide, and Dr. Tancevski aim to foster greater awareness and understanding of arthritis while highlighting the importance of proactive management and personalized care.

Conclusion: Together, Keeping You Active

Arthritis affects millions of individuals worldwide, impacting their mobility, independence, and overall quality of life. Through the collective efforts of Orthopedic Specialists & Sports Medicine and its esteemed team of orthopedic surgeons, individuals living with hip, knee, and shoulder arthritis can access valuable information and support to embark on a path towards improved joint health and well-being.

To view the enlightening videos on hip, knee, and shoulder arthritis released by Dr. Brad L. Bernacki, Dr. Edward L. Westerheide, and Dr. Alex Tancevski, visit the Orthopedic Specialists YouTube Channel:

Let’s raise awareness, promote education, and advocate for better arthritis management together. Join us in making a difference this National Arthritis Awareness Month.

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