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Injections of Hyaluronic Acid have been found to be safe, effective, appropriate treatment for osteoarthritis. Patients typically experience at least 50 percent improvement in pain and function after 3-5 injections. Study: “US-Approved Intra-Articular Hyaluronic Acid Injections are Safe and Effective in Patients with Knee Osteoarthritis: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized, Saline-Controlled Trials (2013),"
2.PLATELET RICH PLASMA
Platelet Rich Plasma, or PRP, is a liquid made up of concentrated platelets from your own blood which are rich in healing and growth factors. Injections of PRP have been determined to be both safe and effective in treating osteoarthritis pain, and may slow or stop further degeneration of the joint. Study: “Effects of platelet rich plasma in combination with hyaluronic acid in the treatment of primary knee osteoarthritis”. Presented at: World Congress on Pain 2018; September 12-16, 2018; Boston, MA.
3.BRACING TO INCREASE JOINT SPACE
Arthritis “unloader” knee braces are ideal for relieving osteoarthritis knee pain and other knee symptoms that result from arthritis. They also help with knee stability during walking and help encourage mobility in patients. If worn as prescribed, these brace will “unload” the weight borne by the knee and help increase the space in the knee joint. Arthritis.org – “Living with Arthritis"
Does osteoarthritis hurt my health?
The pain, reduced mobility, side effects from medication and other factors associated with osteoarthritis can lead to negative health effects not directly related to the joint disease, including:
Diabetes and Heart Disease - Knee or hip pain may lead to a sedentary lifestyle that promotes weight gain and possible obesity. Obesity can, in turn lead to diabetes and heart disease.
Falls - People with osteoarthritis experience as much as 30 percent more falls and have a 20 percent greater risk of fracture than those without OA. People with OA have risk factors such as decreased function, muscle weakness and impaired balance that make them more likely to fall. Side effects from medications used for pain relief can also contribute to falls.
SYMPTOMS OF OSTEOARTHRITIS
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At Complete Healthcare Services, patient health is our first priority. All the services offered are geared to patients achieving maximum good health. To help accomplish this, insurance companies have a preventative health benefit for an “annual visit” or “wellness visit”. (The terms used are not always the same.) This benefit is usually paid by the insurance at 100% with no deductible and no copay. This benefit/service is not to be confused with a visit for medication refills, imaging studies, or acute problems like high blood pressure, a lacerated finger, or any visit presenting with symptoms that require further studies, medications and/or procedures or even that 3-month followup. Those visits are referred to as “diagnostic” and are paid by the insurance company according to their fee schedule and will have deductible/co-pay/co-insurance amounts applied which are payable by the patient.
Insurance companies have benefit manuals online for patient access. These should be reviewed by the patient to determine what is covered for a “wellness visit”, “annual visit” or “preventative visit”, whichever term is used. It is prudent to make sure that all benefits are understood, preventative as well as all others.
Complete Healthcare Services’ staff will review patient charts to see what “preventative” care is needed and perform that assessment either at the time of a scheduled appointment or when a patient has a scheduled preventative visit. If the patient is healthy with no medical issues, screening tests are done for cardiac disease, diabetes, cholesterol levels, fall-risk assessment, dementia screening and others. There are age appropriate screenings that are done at certain times, i.e. mammograms, colon cancer screening, abdominal aortic ultrasound for smokers, chest x-rays and others. This is also the time to talk about concerns patients may have regarding smoking cessation, weight reduction/gain, exercise/diet and overall health. Patients with poor health and multiple conditions will be limited on what a preventative visit entails, as their conditions will require “diagnostic” tests related to their various disease process(es) rather than “screening” tests.
Hopefully this brief summary will help patients understand the difference between “Preventative Care” and follow up of medical conditions. Remember, as a rule, “screening” tests are payable at 100% by most insurances while anything that is “diagnostic” will require patient contribution according to individual plans.
Texas Health Steps examination is required by Texas Medicaid as a condition of participation in the Medicaid program. We offer this exam for all Medicaid recipients whether on Traditional Medicaid or a member of any of the Medicaid Managed Care plans.
We offer routine childhood and adult immunizations.
DOT physicals are offered in our Jasper and Rayburn clinics.
We have X-ray, Ultrasound and DexaScan machines in our Jasper office. Laboratory Services are provided through Quest Diagnostics.