It is a common condition. The term arthritis does not refer to one disease. It is a simplified way to refer to a joint disease or joint pain. There are more than 100 types of arthritis and related conditions that affect people of all ages, genders, and races. There are over 50 million adults and about 300,000 children living with some type of this condition. It usually affects women more than men and is more frequent in older people. This disease is one of the leading disabilities in the United States.
Symptoms of Arthritis
The most common symptoms of arthritis are swelling, stiffness, pain and a significant decrease in range of motion. In most cases, these symptoms come and go. They might be severe, moderate, or mild. Most patients have reported that the symptoms stay the same for years, but there are cases where they progress over time. Severe arthritis is known to cause chronic pain leading to the inability to handle daily activities. For instance, walking and climbing the stairs can become a difficult task.
There are situations where arthritis causes permanent changes to the patient’s joints. Some of these changes can be visible like knobby finger joints. Often, the changes are only visible through an X-ray. There are types of arthritis that will affect the kidneys, heart, skin, joints, eyes and lungs.
Types of Arthritis
- Degenerative: Also known as osteoarthritis, degenerative arthritis is the most common and affects the cushioning between bones leaving them to rub against each other.
- Inflammatory: Causes uncontrolled inflammation that leads to joint erosion and internal organ damage.
- Infectious: This is when a fungus, virus, or bacterium enters the joint and cause inflammation.
- Metabolic: This is as a result of excessive production of uric acid, and forms needle-like crystals in the joints leading to extreme pain.
The diagnosis of arthritis starts with primary care physicians. The physician will perform an exam and might also do a blood test and imaging scans to determine the type of arthritis. In our clinic, an expert will assess the diagnosis, and if the diagnosis is uncertain, we will involve a rheumatologist. In case the arthritis is affecting other body parts such as the heart, lungs, and eyes, the relevant specialist will be involved to make sure that the treatment is comprehensive. Our goal is to help you eliminate your pin and improve your function.
What Can Be Done
Conservative treatments can be effective in providing pain relief. Our experts will take you through important information about arthritis to help you deal with elements such as physical mobility, joint function and quality of life. Because arthritis is commonly misunderstood, it is crucial that you understand what you are dealing with and the best treatment option available for you. Our approach is through a variety of treatments, and this eliminates the side effects from harsh medications. Our therapies are non-invasive and highly effective. We used evidence based treatments, and stay up to date with current research.
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