Osteoarthritis (OA)

Sometimes called degenerative joint disease (DJD), osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common painful condition of the joints. In OA, there is a breakdown in the cartilage covering the ends of the bones where they meet to form a joint and allow movement. As the cartilage wears away, the bones become exposed and rub against each other. The deterioration of cartilage also affects the shape and makeup of the joint so that it no longer functions smoothly.

Symptoms of OA vary, depending on which joint(s) are affected and how severely they are affected. The most common symptoms are stiffness, particularly first thing upon waking up or after a period of rest. The most commonly affected joints are the lower back, hips, knees and feet- but can affect the neck, hands and fingers as well.

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During this COVID-19 pandemic, our goal at Pacific Pain Medicine Consultants is to provide patient’s with quality pain management treatment while still optimizing the health and safety of our patients, providers, and staff.

We are providing telemedicine visits for new and established patients. Patients with severe pain that warrant more urgent treatment with injections will be considered on a case-by-case basis. We will need to evaluate the patient’s age, medical comorbidities, and risk factors as well as potential symptoms of respiratory infection in making a determination. Elective pain procedures and injections are deferred at this time in order to minimize the potential spread of the coronavirus and to ration personal protect equipment so it may be available where it is most critically needed.