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Arthritis Specialist

Gautam Siram, MD

Orthopedic Joint Specialist located in Chevy Chase, MD

More than 54 million American adults live with arthritis, which only becomes more common with age. For relief from the discomfort of arthritis, rely on the expertise of Gautam Siram MD, in Chevy Chase, Maryland. He can recommend appropriate care to relieve your symptoms using assistive devices, medications, braces, therapy, and surgical solutions when necessary. Call the office to schedule a consultation or book online today.

Arthritis Q & A

What is the most common form of arthritis?

The most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis, which affects an estimated 27 million Americans. Osteoarthritis is brought on by degeneration, the process by which your cartilage wears away to such a degree that it no longer protects the ends of your bones. 

As a result, your bones come in contact, causing pain and limiting your ability to move. This form of arthritis is usually more painful in joints that bear weight, such as your spine, hip, and knee. 

In many cases, bone grows at the edges of osteoarthritic joints, forming bone spurs that trigger joint inflammation, pain, and swelling. 

What are other types of arthritis?

Arthritis can be related to an autoimmune condition, such as rheumatoid and psoriatic arthritis. These conditions also may lead to joint inflammation, along with:

  • Stiffness
  • Pain
  • Swelling

Without proper medical care, inflammation may cause long-lasting, permanent disability.

How do I know the type of arthritis I have?

Dr. Siram is a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon who can assess your condition and diagnose arthritic conditions. He can determine whether you have arthritis by carefully evaluating your symptoms and conducting a physical examination. 

During your exam, he typically suggests moving your affected joint. He asks whether the movement is painful and also checks for a grating feeling or sound as you move. 

He evaluates you for other signs of arthritis, such as:

  • Swelling
  • Muscle weakness 
  • Joints that are tender to the touch

X-rays may aid in your diagnosis by showing the extent of any damage to your joint. Dr. Siram may suggest blood work and other lab tests to determine the type of arthritis affecting your joints. 

How is arthritis treated?

Dr. Siram takes a conservative approach to care for arthritis — unlike practices that may suggest joint replacement or arthroscopy as a first-line treatment for arthritis. 

Instead, Dr. Siram designs a treatment plan for your form of arthritis, which may include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Medications
  • Injections
  • Bracing
  • Assistive devices
  • Education

Your treatment aims to provide long-term management of arthritis to relieve the pain and prevent a disability that may affect your quality of life.

When conservative measures fail to offer you substantial relief, he may recommend joint replacement surgery. He is a highly-skilled surgeon and can create customized hip and knee replacement surgical plans that use the most advanced tools and techniques to ensure you get the best outcomes. 

For highly effective, conservative care, rely on the team at Gautam Siram MD. Call the office or schedule a consultation online today.