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Osteoarthritis Treatment in Latin America

Hospitals and medical centers in Latin America performing Osteoarthritis Treatment.

Hospital Universitario Austral

The Traumatology Service depends on the Department of Surgery and deals with the clinical and surgical treatment of diseases of the osteo-article-muscular systemThe work of the medical team includes various fields, originated and systematized from a wide variety of conditions.

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Osteoarthritis is treated at Hospital Universitario Austral

Clínica Anglo Americana

This team develops a set of measures to promote health, prevention, diagnosis and treatment, as well as psychological, labor, social, and vocational actions aimed at obtaining the maximum possible return to the community of patients.

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Osteoarthritis is treated at Clínica Anglo Americana

Centros Especializados de San Vicente Fundación

The Orthopedics and Traumatology Service of Specialized Centers of San Vicente Fundación is made up of a multidisciplinary team of specialists and sub-specialists who provide comprehensive management for patients with diseases and conditions of the highly complex musculoskeletal system.

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Osteoarthritis is treated at Centros Especializados

Baja Orthopedics

A specialized orthopedic clinic from Tijuana with three orthopedic specialists, all of which speak English and regularly treat American patients. The clinic was established in 1990, is ISO certifiede, and all doctors speak English.

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Osteoarthritis is treated at Baja Orthopedics

3 listed orthopedics specialists:

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Salutaris Medical Center

A short-stay surgical clinic and outpatient facility specializing in cosmetic, general and orthopedic surgery. The clinic is accustomed to treating patients from the United States, Latin America and Europe.

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Osteoarthritis is treated at Salutaris Medical Center

Oasis of Hope Hospital

A modern, high tech medical and surgical facility catering to cancer patients and doubles as a cancer research institution as well.

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Osteoarthritis is treated at Oasis of Hope Hospital

Hospital Country 2000

A small, private and modern general service hospital, offering a wide range of medical services, including plastic surgery, orthopedics, general surgery, oncology, infertility and pediatrics. Facilities include private rooms with a TV and phone line.

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Osteoarthritis is treated at Hospital Country 2000

Listed orthopedics specialists:

Dr. Rafael Ortega Orozco

Physician/Orthopedic Surgeon

Dr. Rafael A.Jiménez, MD

Orthopaedic Surgeon

San Javier Hospital

A 73 bed private, tertiary, full service hospital. San Javier Hospital is affiliated with 3,000 specialized, board certifies physicians, and offers the full range of medical specialties.

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Osteoarthritis is treated at San Javier Hospital

Hospital Universitario de San Vicente Fundación

Our orthopedic service has a long history of more than 50 years of experience; Our great interdisciplinary team offers an integral management to the patient, helping him to his recovery and adequate rehabilitation.

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Osteoarthritis is treated at Hospital Universitario San Vicente

San Angel Hospital

A small, modern, private hospital, located in the border city of Nuevo Laredo, right across the Texas border. 50% of the patients come from the United States, due to the proximity to the Texas border, and to the easy access by car and by air.

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Osteoarthritis is treated at San Angel Hospital

Listed orthopedics specialists:

Dr. Luis Hernández Romero

Orthopedics and Traumatology

Dr. Heriberto Sastré López

Traumatology and Orthopedics
Hip and Knee Reconstruction

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About Osteoarthritis Treatment

This information is intended for general information only and should not be considered as medical advice on the part of Health-Tourism.com. Any decision on medical treatments, after-care or recovery should be done solely upon proper consultation and advice of a qualified physician.

How is Osteoarthritis Treated?
Osteoarthritis is treated in various ways. The treatments include ways in which cartilage degeneration can be stopped or repaired. It aims to reduce joint pain and swelling.

Osteoarthritis treatment methods include the following:

Rest

  • If weight bearing joints such as hips and knees are affected, it is important that the patient gets enough rest along with physical and occupational therapy.
  • Resting the joints relieves stress and helps in reducing pain and swelling.
  • Patients should reduce activities that cause the joint pain.

Exercise
  • Exercise helps in strengthening the joint muscles.
  • It helps in improving the joint movements.
  • Exercise also helps patients to lose excess weight that causes joint pains.
  • Patients can improve their stamina by exercising.
  • Swimming is a good option as it does not stress the joints.
  • Walking, light weight exercises and stationary cycling can help the patients.

Physical and Occupational Therapy
  • Physical therapists teach patients how to use support devices such as walkers, splints and, braces. These devices help to decrease stress on the sore joints.
  • Occupational therapists help patients in getting on with daily activities at home or work.
  • Osteoarthritis of the knee is better treated by physical therapy exercises than by medications.
  • Balance training is also given by the physical therapists to patients with proprioception impairments, and to improve strength.
  • Thumb splints help in improving thumb osteoarthritis.
  • Lumbar corsets and neck collars are used in reducing spine symptoms.

Medication
  • Medications that are used topically, orally, and injected into the joints also help in treating osteoarthritis.
  • Muscle tremor may be relaxed by using medication.
  • Minor arthritis pain can be relieved using pain-relieving ointments over the affected joints.

Alternative Medicine
Alternative medicine may be used to reduce pain. They include:
  • Vitamin A, C and E
  • Ginger
  • Turmeric
  • Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Chondroitin Sulfate
  • Glucosamine
  • S-Adenosyl methionine
  • Acupuncture
  • Heat and cold therapy

Weight Control
Patients need to reduce weight to relieve stress on the joints that bear weight such as hips, knees, feet and back.

Surgery
Surgery may be performed to treat osteoarthritis if all non-surgical treatment methods fail to reduce pain and improve joint function.

There are mainly four kinds of surgery that are available for the treatment of osteoarthritis:
  • Fusion, which joins the joint bones permanently and restricts motion
  • Osteotomy, which involves realigning the joint to set it in an improved position.
  • Arthroscopy, in which damaged areas of cartilage that cause irritation are thoroughly washed out using microsurgical tools.
  • Total joint replacement, which replaces the damaged joint with a prosthetic joint.

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