Arthritis Specialist

NEIL GHODADRA, M.D.

Sports Medicine Physician & Orthopedic Surgeon located in West Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA & Thousand Oaks, CA

Arthritis is a common cause of joint pain and affects more than 54 million people in the United States. Arthritis may develop because of degenerative changes in your joints, underlying medical conditions, or from a previous joint injury. Orthopedic surgeon NEIL GHODADRA, M.D., in West Los Angeles and Thousand Oaks, California, provides comprehensive care for arthritis, easing pain and restoring joint function. Schedule an arthritis evaluation by calling your nearest Los Angeles area office or booking an appointment online today.

Arthritis Q & A

What is arthritis?

Arthritis means you have joint pain, inflammation, and tenderness. Arthritis may affect any joint in your body and is a progressive condition that gets worse over time. 

Getting treatment for arthritis during the early stages may prevent or delay severe pain and permanent joint damage.

What are the types of arthritis?

Arthritis is a general term, and there are many conditions that cause joint pain and inflammation. Common types of arthritis include:

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is the most common cause of arthritis. It develops from the wearing away of the cartilage that separates the bones that make up your joint. Without the cartilage, the two bones rub together, causing inflammation and pain.

Osteoarthritis may affect any joint in your body, including your knees, shoulders, or ankles.

Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune condition in which your immune system mistakenly attacks the lining of your joint. Over time, rheumatoid arthritis may cause permanent joint damage.

Post-traumatic arthritis

Post-traumatic arthritis is a type of osteoarthritis that occurs after a joint injury.

Rotator cuff tear arthropathy

Rotator cuff tear arthropathy is a type of arthritis that occurs in the shoulder following a large rotator cuff tear.

When should I seek medical help for arthritis?

You should seek medical help for arthritis during the early stages of the condition. Even though your pain is mild and easily treated with at-home care, getting an early diagnosis and treatment plan in place may prevent chronic pain and disability.

Dr. Ghodadra recommends you come in for orthopedic care for your arthritis if you have severe pain or joint degeneration that no longer responds to traditional medical treatment. 

Dr. Ghodadra is an experienced orthopedic surgeon and offers both non-surgical and surgical treatment options for arthritis. He also specializes in sports medicine and can provide the expert care athletes need to ease their arthritis joint pain to get back to their active lifestyle.

What are the treatments for arthritis?

Dr. Ghodadra customizes your arthritis treatment plan based on arthritis type and location, the severity of symptoms, lifestyle, and medical history. When possible, he recommends non-surgical treatment for arthritis, such as: 

  • Activity modification
  • Bracing or splinting
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Weight loss
  • Physical therapy
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections
  • Bone marrow aspirate concentrate (BMAC)


When medical intervention no longer provides relief from your arthritis pain, Dr. Ghodadra may recommend joint replacement surgery.

To schedule an appointment with an orthopedic expert to discuss treatments for arthritis, call the office of NEIL GHODADRA, M.D., or book an appointment online today.