Arthritis Specialist

Jonathan T. Nassos, M.D. -  - Orthopaedic Surgeon

Jonathan T. Nassos, M.D.

Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine located in Los Angeles, CA & Sherman Oaks, CA

More than 25% of adults with arthritis suffer from debilitating pain. Whether your arthritis is just starting or has caused you to limit your daily activities, the team at Nassos Orthopaedic Surgery in the Beverly Grove area, Los Angeles, California can help with arthritis relief. If you live in the Beverly Grove area in Los Angeles and you need help with arthritis symptoms, call the practice, or book an appointment online.

Arthritis Q & A

What causes joint pain? 

Joint pain is a symptom of aging. The pain can affect any part of your body, but most often occurs where the two ends of bone meet in the hip, knee, shoulder, elbow, and hands. The most common cause of joint pain is arthritis.

What is arthritis?

Arthritis is joint inflammation and tenderness affecting one or more joints. The most common symptoms of arthritis include stiffness and joint pain, which tend to worsen as you age. There are over 100 types of arthritis with various causes and treatments. The two most common types are rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.


Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. It causes cartilage to break down over time, leaving the bones unprotected. The pain of osteoarthritis is caused by bone rubbing against bone and becomes progressively worse, leading to bone damage and bone spurs.

Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease and the second most common form of arthritis, affecting more than 1.3 million Americans. The immune system attacks tissues lining the inside of the joint, causing inflammation, pain, and stiffness. Left untreated, rheumatoid arthritis causes joint deformity.

Rheumatoid arthritis affects the same joints on either side of your body and can lead to health problems in your eyes, organs, and nerves.

How is arthritis treated?

Arthritis treatment focuses on pain relief and preventing progression of the condition. Your doctor at Nassos creates a personalized treatment plan for your condition, including one or more of the following:

  • Physical therapy
  • Exercise to maintain joint mobility
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Weight management
  • Chiropractic care
  • Injections
  • Over-the-counter medications
  • Topical creams

For mild-to-moderate arthritis pain, over-the-counter pain relievers combined with rest usually provide adequate relief. If you don’t find relief with over-the-counter pain relievers or other at-home treatment options, injections at Nassos Orthopaedic Surgery are also an option for temporary relief. For malfunctioning joints combined with arthritis, Nassos can perform joint replacement surgery to replace it with a prosthetic.

If you develop joint pain and start losing your range of motion, call or schedule an appointment with Nassos Orthopaedic Surgery for an arthritis evaluation and to learn about your treatment options.