America’s leading cause of disability. Arthritis is one of the most common chronic conditions in the United States. According to the CDC, an estimated 54 million Americans, or 23% of all adults and 300,000 children, have some type of arthritis. The symptoms can range from mild to severe and worsen over time, resulting in chronic pain and disruption in daily life.
WHAT IS ARTHRITIS?
Arthritis is actually not a single disease but rather a way of referring to joint pain and disease. There are more than 100 types of arthritis and related conditions, but the two most common types are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
WHAT CAUSES ARTHRITIS?
There are various causes of arthritis which damage joints in different ways.
Osteoarthritis, the most common type of arthritis, is also known as degenerative joint disease. This chronic disease involves a breakdown of joint cartilage—the
cushioning substance at the ends of your bones that allows smooth movement and prevents the bones from rubbing against each other. Osteoarthritis mostly affects middle-aged and older adults and can occur in any joint but is most prevalent in hands, knees, hips, and spine. With the breakdown of cartilage, damage can result in bone grinding directly on bone, which causes inflammation, pain, and restricted movement.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease where your immune system attacks your body’s healthy tissue by mistake, causing painful inflammation and swelling. Commonly referred to as RA, this disease mainly attacks the joints, usually many at once, mostly in the hands, knees, and wrists. Over time, the inflammation and related tissue damage can cause long-term pain and deformity where the joint and surrounding areas become misshapen.
WHAT ARE SYMPTOMS OF ARTHRITIS?
The most common arthritis symptoms are joint pain, usually occurring after repeated movement or over-use. Although individuals experience symptoms differently, they may include swelling, stiffness, redness, and a decreased range of motion. The severity typically worsens with age and can range from mild to intense and can become chronic, preventing even simple daily activities such as walking or climbing stairs.
Symptoms usually develop slowly over many years and can cause permanent joint changes, such as knobby finger joints.
WHAT ARE THE TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR ARTHRITIS?
Although there is no permanent cure for arthritis yet, OC Wellness Physicians Medical Group provides effective treatment modalities customized to help your individual situation. Our team of medical professionals will create a plan based on the type of arthritis you have, your medical history, age, and the current extent of the disease.
Physical therapy and chiropractic care are safe therapies for osteoarthritis, but they may not be appropriate for all joints or patients with RA.
Depending on the joint or joints that are experiencing pain, we combine some of the following modalities to bring you the pain relief you need to restore mobility and get you back to living your life:
- Chiropractic Care
- TENS therapy
- PENS therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Hyaluronic Acid Injections (knees)
- Nutritional Joint Supplementation
- Topical Analgesics For Pain Relief
- Trigger Point Injections
- Nutritional Joint Supplementation
- Orthobiologics – platelet-rich plasma (PRP)
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