Arthritis Specialist

Kenneth Nwosu, MD

Spine Surgeon located in Burien, WA & Puyallup, WA

As many as 54 million people are affected by the joint stiffness and pain of arthritis. When other treatments haven’t proven effective in relieving your arthritis symptoms, Kenneth Nwosu, MD, may recommend surgery. At his orthopedic practice locations in Burien and Puyallup, Washington, Dr. Nwosu offers the latest techniques in minimally invasive surgery to give you rapid pain relief and a faster recovery. Learn more about the benefits of minimally invasive surgery for arthritis by calling the office nearest you or by requesting an appointment online today.

Arthritis Q & A

What is arthritis?

Arthritis is a chronic condition that causes inflammation in your joints. The two most common forms of arthritis include rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, although there are over 100 types of arthritis that can affect your long-term health.

In rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease, your body mistakenly attacks the healthy tissue that lines your joints to prevent friction when you move. This attack causes chronic inflammation and swelling in your joints, eventually destroying the cartilage and bones.

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition, caused by the wear and tear on the cartilage that covers and protects the ends of each bone that forms your joint. You may be at increased risk for this type of arthritis if you injure your joint or develop a joint infection.

What are the symptoms of arthritis?

You can develop arthritis is any joint of the body, as well as your spine. Pain and joint stiffness are the hallmark symptoms of arthritis. As the disease progresses, you may experience issues like:

  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Reduced joint function
  • Limited range of motion

If left untreated, arthritis can result in deformities in the joint that make it difficult to stay physically active.

How is arthritis diagnosed?

During a physical exam, Kenneth Nwosu, MD, evaluates your joints for tenderness and swelling. He may ask you to perform certain movements to test your range of motion and the severity of your pain.

To rule out other conditions that may cause joint pain, Dr. Nwosu may order imaging tests, like X-rays or an MRI. These tests can also help him understand the extent of your arthritis to determine if surgery is the best option for you.

What type of surgery can treat arthritis?

Dr. Nwosu is skilled in a number of minimally invasive surgical techniques to repair joints damaged by arthritis. The goal of surgery is to smooth out the damaged parts of your joint to reduce bone-on-bone contact during movements.

By using minimally invasive techniques, Dr. Nwosu only needs to make small incisions around the affected joint. A tiny camera attached to the surgical instruments sends back images of your inner structures to an external monitor that allows him a close-up view of the treatment area as he makes repairs.

Minimally invasive techniques cause less trauma to your body, ensuring you heal faster and are at less risk for infections and scars.

Find out if minimally invasive joint repair surgery can relieve your arthritis pain by calling the office of Kenneth Nwosu, MD, nearest you or by using the online booking feature today.