Arthritis Specialist

Scott M. Taylor, M.D.

Orthopedic Surgeon located in Oakland, CA

Arthritis is a painful, sometimes debilitating condition that affects millions of people a year. If you don’t seek treatment it can get so painful that it interferes with your work and other daily activities. However, Scott M. Taylor, M.D. of Oakland, California, is proud to provide extensive treatment options for severe cases of arthritis. Call or schedule an appointment online today for an initial consultation with Dr. Taylor so you can begin your journey to pain relief.

Arthritis Q & A

What is arthritis?

Arthritis occurs when a joint becomes irritated and inflamed. More than 100 types of arthritis have been identified. The most common types include:

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis occurs when the protective cartilage inside a joint breaks down, making movement painful and difficult. Osteoarthritis pain varies and can range from mild to severe.

Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis occurs when your body’s immune system attacks joints and organs.

Typically, your immune system protects you from bacteria and viruses, but if your immune system is overactive, it will attack healthy tissue.

Over time, rheumatoid arthritis will break down your joints and damage them permanently.

Gout

If your body generates an excessive amount of uric acid or has difficulty removing it, uric acid crystals can build up in your bloodstream and crystallize in your joints, causing gout.

Unlike rheumatoid arthritis, gout does not affect the entire body. It's an excruciating form of arthritis that typically attacks isolated joints, such your big toe.

 

What are the symptoms of arthritis?

Your arthritis symptoms depend on which one you have. The most common symptoms of arthritis include joint pain, swelling, and stiffness. Arthritis can also cause a decrease in the range of motion of affected joints and may cause redness of the skin around the joint.

 

What causes arthritis?

There are different causes for the different types of arthritis. Some common causes of arthritis include:

  • Normal wear and tear of joints
  • Infection or injury of a joint
  • Autoimmune disorders

 

How is arthritis treated?

Dr. Scott Taylor can treat arthritis in numerous ways. Sometimes medication can be used to treat arthritis, such as analgesics, DMARDs, and NSAIDs. More progressive treatments for arthritis include injections and total joint replacements.

Injections

Viscosupplementation is one type of injection for arthritis which involves injecting hyaluronic acid into the knee to enhance lubrication and reduce pain. Dr. Taylor also uses steroid injections to provide quick pain relief and lower inflammation levels. Injections help some men and women delay or avoid surgery.

Total joint replacement

For severe cases, surgery such as a total knee replacement, total hip replacement, or total shoulder replacement may be the best option after exhausting all other options for relief. Dr. Scott Taylor uses anterior and posterior approaches to implant prosthetic hip joints.

If you’re suffering from the pain of arthritis, call or schedule an appointment online with Scott M. Taylor, M.D., A Professional Corporation.