What Is It?
Arthritis/Osteoarthritis is one of the most common health issues in the U.S. with an estimated one out of six people suffering from the condition. It is a painful condition caused by inflammation in one or more of your joints. Arthritis pain can be a disease in and of itself, or it can also be the symptom of another disease, like psoriasis or Lyme disease.
Types of Arthritis?
There are many forms of arthritis, but one of most common is due to general “wear and tear” of the joint cartilage. Unfortunately this does not heal, or grow back with treatments. This is called osteoarthritis, where the protective cartilage on your bones wears down. This usually worsens with age, and cannot be cured, although it can be treated.
The other main type of arthritis is rheumatoid arthritis which is an autoimmune disorder where your immune systems mistakenly actually attacks the cartilage lining, and potentially other bodily tissues. This abnormal immune response can cause inflammation and damage the joints and organs, including the heart. This has ramifications that go beyond simple joint pain. It can also affect the eyes, skin, lungs, and other tissues.
Other types of arthritis include but are not limited to: gout, septic arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, and Ankylosing spondylitis.
Arthritis severity can be different for each individual. Flares in symptoms can last for days or months. Some symptoms can be pain, fatigue, warm joints, swollen joints and reddish joints. Symptoms are often worse in the morning, with long periods of joint stiffness and soreness. Inflammation and arthritis pain that occurs on one side of the body in certain joints can often be found in the same joints on the other side.
What Can Be Done?
Wake Sports Medicine in Raleigh, NC offers a variety of treatments for patients suffering from arthritis and/or osteoarthritis. Our treatments are focused on providing patients with the most advanced and precise non-surgical treatments as possible. Some of these treatments include:
- General advice for reducing pain
- Topical Medications, and Nutritional Supplements
- Ultrasound Guided Injections >
- Hyaluronic Acid Injection (Viscosupplementation) >
- Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy >
- Bracing for arthritis >Physical Therapy>
- Stem Cell Therapy
Arthritis pain can be a complex condition to treat as it depends on a variety of factors and causes. As such, it is necessary to speak to a physician about your personal issues and concerns. In order to speak to a doctor, please give us a call at our Raleigh, NC office (919)719-2270; we’d be happy to help you!