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Multi-faceted treatment in Encinitas CA for relief from the pain, stiffness of knee osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis (OA) is associated with joint pain, stiffness, and swelling that limits patients’ mobility. OA affects the knees more commonly than the hips, hands, spine, and toes; in fact, a long-term CDC-sponsored University of North Carolina study found the lifetime risk of developing knee OA is about 46 percent.

Osteoarthritis Knee Treatment in Encinitas area

A board-certified rheumatologist, Dr. Peter Lloyd is best equipped to diagnose and manage OA, as he specializes in arthritis and other diseases of the joints, tendons, ligaments, and muscles. Trust Dr. Lloyd and Seaside Rheumatology and Wellness Center for osteoarthritis knee treatment in Encinitas CA uniquely tailored to your needs, and that achieves pain relief and healthy function.

Treatment at Seaside Rheumatology and Wellness Center is not any one technique, medication, or approach; it’s multi-faceted.

Physical measures

Exercise is strongly recommended for all OA patients, especially those suffering from knee and hip osteoarthritis. Walking, resistance training, low-impact aquatic exercise, and tai chi may be appropriate options for you. It depends on what you prefer to do, and if you have easy access to a gym or pool.

Exercise goes together with weight loss, which is strongly encouraged for overweight or obese individuals with knee OA. A loss of just 5 percent of body weight has been associated with measurable clinical and mechanical improvements.

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Drug Therapy

Medications with the least systemic exposure are generally recommended. For example, topical NSAIDs applied to the skin versus aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen taken by mouth. Since some of these drugs have more favorable side effect profiles than others, Dr. Lloyd discusses the pros and cons and considerations with you. Some patients are at increased risk of developing adverse GI, heart, and kidney complications, and there are potential drug interactions. Dosing should be as low as possible, with treatment continued for as short of time as possible.

Injectable treatments are also available at Seaside Rheumatology and Wellness Center to relieve the symptoms of knee OA. Dr. Lloyd may inject a natural lubricant, hyaluronic acid, as a gel into the knee joint. Steroid or cortisone shots are also available. Treatments to the knee joints lubricates bones and facilitates enhanced movement and reduced pain.

Dr. Lloyd uses ultrasound technology to guide injections. So, you can ensure therapeutic agents are delivered precisely and comfortably.


Supplements for osteoporosis treatment in Encinitas area

Many nutrition supplements have been used widely for osteoporosis treatment, including:

  • Calcium
  • Vitamin D
  • Omega-3 fatty acids

Dr. Lloyd discusses safety considerations with you, which is especially important when combining supplements with prescription medications (to avoid drug interactions).


Every effort is made to relieve your symptoms non-invasively; however, if you have severe knee pain and problems with function persist despite other therapies, surgery might involve arthroscopy to repair the joint through small incisions and to delay more complex procedures.

Call Seaside Rheumatology and Wellness Center at 760-509-2429 without delay. So you can enjoy the activities you love, effortlessly.

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Dr. Peter Lloyd

Dr. Peter Lloyd

Dr. Peter Lloyd is a board-certified rheumatologist with exceptional expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and other rheumatologic diseases. He earned his medical degree at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He completed his internal medicine residency at the University of Chicago. He completed his rheumatology fellowship training at the prestigious David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA. At his facility Seaside Rheumatology, he treats his patients using the latest technology and medical developments. Due to his impeccable academic records, modern approach to treatments and compassionate patient care, he is valued as one of the best rheumatologists in the Rheumatology field.

Read What Our Patients are Saying

I have been seeing Dr. Lloyd for about a year now. He has a kind demeanor and great sense of humor. Even on my bad days, it’s a pleasure going to appointments. His knowledge of the human condition is vast and impressive. He knows how to effectively ease discomfort with an ability to make you feel comfortable in moments of vulnerability. In his care, my pain and suffering is significantly diminished. I am grateful and appreciative of him and the help he has given me since the day I walked into his practice. I highly recommend Dr. Lloyd as a professional and as a doctor of Rheumatology. Shawnie D. BY Shawnie D.
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