Osteoarthritis Specialist

Vijay R. Karia, MD -  - Rheumatologist

Integrative Rheumatology of Texas

Vijay R. Karia, MD

Rheumatologist located in Houston, TX

Patients in the greater Houston, Texas area are encouraged to visit Integrative Rheumatology of Texas for the treatment of osteoarthritis and all rheumatic health conditions. Dr. Vijay Karia and his staff are capable of offering many different treatment methods that are both effective and reliable. Dr. Karia’s goal is to improve the patient's quality of life and help them be more physically active.

Osteoarthritis

What is osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis—or degenerative joint disease—is a condition in which bone and cartilage begin to deteriorate. The condition is most often reported in individuals who have reached middle age, but can be diagnosed in younger people who have autoimmune disorders or other health conditions that cause the body to not fully utilize calcium or lose calcium through bone loss. Certain medications can also cause the body to leach calcium, making the bones brittle and weak. Over time, the degeneration of bone and cartilage can result in fractures and other issues associated with the joints. Bone density tests can identify areas of potential bone loss and allow doctors to make an accurate osteoarthritis diagnosis.

Can osteoarthritis be prevented?

The question of prevention when it comes to osteoarthritis will be determined by what is causing the problem. In most cases, the answer is no. Although it cannot be fully prevented, an effective treatment plan may result in the progression of the condition being dramatically slowed. If osteoarthritis has been diagnosed due to a drop in estrogen levels associated with menopause, hormone replacement therapy and the inclusion of a calcium/magnesium rich nutritional supplement may help to add calcium back to the bone. If the deterioration results from the use of a certain type of medication, Dr. Karia will have to evaluate the treatment plan to determine if there are other treatment methods that may be more advantageous.

What treatment options work best for osteoarthritis?

The treatment options recommended will vary depending on the severity of the condition with each patient. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis diagnosed. Mild cases can be effectively treated with over the counter pain relievers and anti-inflammatory medications. Physical therapy and exercise help keep the muscles and bones strong and healthy. Swimming is one of the best forms of treatment because it uses the body's own weight as resistance and doesn’t over stress the joints. If the condition is severe, Dr. Karia may choose to use cortisone injections or surgery to help correct some of the more painful problems.

Insurance Information

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Aetna
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Medicare
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