Osteoarthritis Treated by Top Pain Specialists at Mercy


Osteoarthritis, or degenerative joint disease, most commonly affects the joints of the hips, knees, hands and spine. This medical animation explains the disease as well as treatment options that may help control the symptoms.

At The Center for Interventional Pain Medicine at Mercy, our doctors treat patients with chronic joint pain that may be due to osteoarthritis. Mercy’s experienced pain medicine specialists work closely with you to provide the best treatment options for your osteoarthritis. 

About the Condition

Osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis, occurs when the joint cartilage that cushions the end of bones wears down. The surface of the bones becomes rough, which causes bone to rub on bone and can be very painful.

Patients may experience pain, swelling and reduced motion in their joints. Symptoms develop slowly and typically get worse over time. The most commonly affected areas are the hands, hips, knees, neck and spine.

Osteoarthritis causes may include:

  • Hereditary
  • Obesity
  • Physical work situations
  • Fractures or broken bones
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Symptoms & Diagnostic Process

Symptoms of osteoarthritis often develop slowly and worsen over time. These symptoms may include:

  • Joint paint
  • Swelling of the hands, hips, knee and spine joints
  • Reduced motion in joints
  • Stiffness

Pain management specialists diagnose osteoarthritis with:

  • X-rays
  • MRI – magnetic resonance imaging
  • Physical exam
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Treatment Options

There's no known cure for osteoarthritis, but treatments can help to reduce pain and maintain joint movement. The doctors at The Center for Interventional Pain Medicine at Mercy will help you to determine what treatment options best fit your needs. 
Options for treating osteoarthritis may include: