Arthritis Specialist

Gardner Orthopedics

Orthopedic Surgeons located in Ft. Myers, FL

Many adults suffer from painful, debilitating arthritis of the hand, wrist, hip, knee, or ankles. Gardner Orthopedics in Fort Myers, Florida, offers the full scope of comprehensive treatment solutions to relieve pain and regain motion in your joints so that you can get back to comfortable, active living. If you have pain or stiffness in your joints, contact Gardner Orthopedics by phone or schedule an appointment online today.

Arthritis Q & A

What is arthritis?

Arthritis is the inflammation of your joints. The condition results from the break down of joint cartilage which serves as a cushion to allow for free movement of your bones. There are a variety of different types with unique symptoms, all of which cause pain, swelling, and stiffness.

Osteoarthritis, especially of the knee, is the most common form. This degenerative condition results from gradual wear and tear destroying cartilage which leads to the bones rubbing against each other.

Pain and stiffness may come and go, and the severity may vary by time of day and activity. The symptoms can cause significant discomfort and even prevent you from performing simple tasks that used to seem easy, like opening a jar or climbing stairs.

Who gets arthritis?

Anyone can have arthritis, but the risk increases with weight gain and age. Particular occupations, like those that require repetitive knee bending or squatting, as well as infections,  are also associated with arthritis.

How is arthritis treated?

Arthritis treatment usually starts with physical therapy. To alleviate swelling and pain and improve movement, the team at Gardner Orthopedics works with you to develop a personalized exercise plan to minimize joint strain while keeping you active.

If you suffer from knee, wrist, or ankle arthritis, an assistive device like a brace can help. The orthopedists at Gardner may also prescribe medications which target pain and swelling.

In more severe conditions, conservative treatments may not be helpful.

Intra-articular injections can deliver medication directly to the affected joint, add lubricating and cushioning substances, and provide steroids which rapidly reduce pain and swelling.

Orthopedic surgery is recommended in the most problematic of cases where weight-bearing joints are severely deteriorated. Gardner Orthopedics excels in a variety of procedures treating arthritis including, but not limited to:

  • Joint repair
  • Joint replacement
  • Joint fusion

New or surgically-repaired joints function better than the old ones and can last a lifetime.

Early diagnosis and treatment are critical to minimize damage, alleviate pain, and maximize mobility. To stay active and live pain-free, schedule an appointment with Gardner Orthopedics right away by calling or booking online

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