Are your joints tender or swollen? You might have arthritis, a debilitating and chronic invisible illness that affects millions of people. Arthritis is a progressive joint disease that makes performing daily tasks difficult. It can affect the joints, tissues surrounding the joints, and nearby connective tissue.
Nearly 15 million Americans — or 1 in 4 adults — experience chronic or severe joint pain caused by arthritis in their lifetime. Most patients develop arthritis between ages 45 to 65, however, overuse injuries, lifestyle, and genetics can spur arthritis to develop in younger years as well. Dr. Chris Mellano offers Torrance arthritis treatments that are proven effective to enhance his patient’s lives. Drawing on more than a decade of experience caring for arthritis sufferers, he offers minimally invasive treatments, including nonsurgical options, that promote a fast recovery. Get back to doing what you love. With the latest arthritis remedies, you can enjoy life to the fullest.
Arthritis has many causes, the most common being overused joints due to sports or occupational activities, advancing age, bacterial or viral infections that affect the joints, and being overweight (obesity). Health conditions can also cause arthritis. For example, medical ailments such as inflammatory diseases that affect the joints and skin can lead to psoriatic arthritis.
Factors such as genetics, age, smoking, and even gender may also play a role in a patient’s predisposition to developing arthritis. Men are at a higher risk for developing gout, while women are at a higher risk of many common types of arthritis. Dr. Chris Mellano strives to provide the best arthritis treatments Torrance has to offer, that's why he treats patients of all ages and backgrounds, from seniors to children and athletes that need help to relieve arthritis joint pain.
Arthritis symptoms may include the following:
If you have symptoms of arthritis, it is in your best interest to see a skilled Torrance orthopedic surgeon such as Dr. Chris Mellano for evaluation. Arthritis is a progressive disease that only becomes worse with each passing year. The sooner it is treated, the more effective the outcome.
There are many types of arthritis patients may have, including:
No matter what stage of arthritis you have, Dr. Mellano offers a range of arthritis treatments that are designed to get you moving again. Your arthritis management plan is specifically catered to you as an individual, as no two patients are alike. Treatment options that Dr. Mellano may suggest can include the following:
Biologic arthritis injections are an alternative to cortisone shots for arthritis. Biologic drugs are genetically engineered proteins that zero in on inflammation that triggers arthritis in the joints. A series of biochemical reactions occur in the body that ultimately leads to inflamed joints. Biologics work by blocking certain biochemical reactions to stop the inflammatory process in its tracks.
Unlike conventional arthritis injections that are made from chemicals, a biologic shot is typically made from natural living materials obtained from animal, human, or bacterial cells that are carefully prepared in a sterile lab setting. Since it is formulated from natural sources, the risk of allergy and side effects may be reduced compared to manmade drugs, such as traditional steroid shots for arthritis. Biologic injections are rigorously tested and proven effective at treating arthritis without surgery. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved selected biologics to relieve arthritis symptoms. Depending on the cortisone shot alternative that is selected, arthritis symptom relief may begin as soon as 1 to 12 weeks after injection, with improvement continuing for up to several months afterward.
Arthroscopic surgery is among the most effective ways to relieve arthritis pain that is severe or chronic. It is often called keyhole surgery, as an endoscope camera is inserted into the joint through a tiny incision. This allows Dr. Mellano to have a full view inside the joint without making the large incisions needed in open surgery.
From there, he can plan the surgery while minimizing incisions, targeting the damaged area of the joint, and leaving the healthy joint structure intact. In advanced or degenerative arthritis, the injured joint may be resected, cut, or repositioned. Joint implants may be necessary in some cases. Dr. Mellano routinely performs joint repair and replacement every week, helping patients stop joint pain and stiffness so they can lead a more fulfilling life after recovery.
Dr. Chris Mellano has helped thousands of patients relieve arthritis symptoms with both surgical and nonsurgical approaches over the last decade. He specializes in arthritis treatments that make a meaningful change to his patient’s lives. Start thriving and lead the active, healthy lifestyle you desire by treating arthritis with the help of an expert Torrance orthopedic doctor that is board-certified and fellowship-trained.
Dr. Mellano’s mission is to give his Torrance patients the freedom to keep doing the activities they love. If you are struggling with joint pain, arthritis, lack of mobility, or joint inflammation, contact Dr. Mellano for a consultation so he can help you get moving again.