Arthritis

Jonathan Oheb, MD -  - Orthopedic Surgeon

Jonathan Oheb, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon & Hand Surgeon located in Mission Hills, CA & Encino, CA

Arthritis, a painful joint condition, is one of the most common causes of disability in the United States. Jonathan Oheb, MD, with offices in Encino and Mission Hills, California, is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, who specializes in diagnosing and treating arthritis in your hands, shoulders, wrists, and elbows. If you have joint stiffness or difficulty moving your hands and fingers, it could be a sign of arthritis. Dr. Oheb can help you get relief from pain and minimize other symptoms, so you can get back to your daily activities. Call the office that’s most convenient for you, or schedule a consultation online.

Arthritis Q & A

What is arthritis?

Arthritis is the inflammation of your joints as a result of wear and tear or an autoimmune condition. Arthritis pain often worsens as you age, and causes stiff joints and loss of range of motion.

With osteoarthritis the cartilage around your joints breaks down, so you have less cushion between your bones where they come together. Many men and women with this condition have swelling, stiffness, and pain as their bones rub together when they move the affected joints.

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that attacks the lining of your joints, often affecting the wrists, hands, and fingers, and also the knees, ankles, and feet. As it progresses, this chronic condition causes deformity in the joints.

What are some common symptoms of arthritis?

Depending on the type of arthritis you have, you may experience pain and stiffness in the joints of your hands, wrists, elbows, and shoulders, accompanied by a decreased range of motion. With some types of arthritis, your joints may appear swollen and red.

You may have difficulty performing everyday tasks like buttoning your shirt or writing a check when you have arthritis in your hands. If your elbows or shoulders are affected, you may have trouble driving, or lifting and carrying objects.

How is arthritis treated?

Your arthritis treatment depends on the type you have and the severity of your condition. As an expert in the field of orthopedics, Dr. Oheb accurately diagnoses your specific type of arthritis so he can create a custom treatment plan to help reduce your pain and increase your mobility. Your treatments may include any of the following:

  • Physical therapy
  • Ice and heat therapy
  • Splinting for support
  • Anti-inflammatory medications and pain medicines
  • Injections to minimize pain and slow degeneration
  • Surgery to repair the affected joint

If you’re in the early stages of arthritis, Dr. Oheb takes the most conservative approach to first get your symptoms under control, always using surgery as a last resort. If your arthritis is advanced and you’re looking for a customized, whole-person approach to managing your symptoms, Dr. Oheb can help. He helps patients of all ages get relief from arthritis pain so they can resume a better quality of life.

Patients drive from all around Los Angeles County just to see Dr. Oheb. Patients travel from areas such as West Hills, Canoga Park, Winnetka, Reseda, Lake Balboa, Woodland Hills, Hidden Hills, Chatsworth, North Hills, Panorama City, Van Nuys, North Hollywood, Tarzana, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Mission Hills, San Fernando, Granada Hills, Porter Ranch, Sylmar, Santa Clarita, Burbank, and Glendale just to see him.

Call the office location that’s most convenient for you: Encino or Mission Hills. Or schedule a consultation using the online booking system.