When it comes to arthritis, Dr. Robert Czarkowski has more than 25 years of experience diagnosing and treating patients with arthritis in the knees, shoulders, hands, ankles, and everywhere else the disease can take hold. When arthritis is affecting your joints, there is a loss of cartilage and damaged cartilage. Without that cartilage, moving around can become very painful and your joint may feel weak or unstable.
If you have arthritis symptoms, we will perform an X-ray and bone density scan to confirm the diagnosis and severity of your condition.
What Causes Arthritis?
Arthritis can occur for many reasons, including aging, “wear and tear,” autoimmune disease, trauma, and inflammatory disease. Arthritis usually affects the bones and the joints; however, it can affect other parts of the body, such as muscles, ligaments, tendons, and some internal organs.
How is Arthritis Treated?
Dr. Czarkowski can suggest different ways to treat arthritis, surgically and non-surgically. Many patients have great results without surgery under Dr. Czarkowski’s care. A combination of anti-inflammatory medications and pain medication is commonly used.
Injections of steroids and pain medication directly into the joint can provide a great deal of relief from arthritis pain. Physical therapy can also help to strengthen the joint and condition the muscles.
When non-surgical arthritis treatments cease to provide the relief you need to function, it may be time to consider surgery. Dr. Czarkowski is fellowship trained in arthroscopic surgery, a minimally invasive procedure that can be highly effective for arthritis patients. If the arthritis is severe and all cartilage is gone, a joint replacement procedure may be the best option.
Read more about arthritis treatment in our patient education library.
Robert Czarkowski, MD, would be honored to meet with you to discuss your options for arthritis treatment. His experience and training are unmatched in the Indianapolis area. Call us at (317) 564-4037in Carmel, Indiana to make an appointment today or use our online appointment request form.