Is your arthritis making it difficult for you to enjoy life? If pain is keeping you from doing the things you want to do, why wait any longer to seek the relief you need? Our medical clinic provides the most advanced natural pain relief methods that can help you get back to the activities you love. Our doctors offer a complimentary assessment of your condition, and they will help design a customized plan for you.
We offer a range of therapies, including regenerative medicine (platelet-rich plasma), chiropractic care, laser therapy, and medical weight loss. All of these therapies have been proven effective in treating the pain caused by arthritis.
What is Arthritis?
Arthritis can be mild, moderate, or severe. Although it is such a common condition, arthritis is not very well understood by science. It really isn’t just one disease, but rather a “category” used to describe pain and disease of the joints.
According to the Arthritis Foundation, over 100 types of conditions related to arthritis have been identified. The Arthritis Foundation believes that more than 50 million Americans have arthritis and that it’s the most common disability in the country.
Risk factors include:
- Weight: Being overweight adds stress to your joints.
- Gender: Men and women are each at greater risk for different types of arthritis.
- Previous injury: If you suffered an injury in the past, you might develop arthritis in the affected joint.
- Hereditary factors: Some types of arthritis are related to genetics.
- Age: The likelihood of developing arthritis increases with age.
Typically, arthritis causes stiffness, decreased range of motion, pain, and swelling, commonly in the hands, knees, and back. Often these symptoms are sporadic, and people just accept them as part of getting older.
People may believe they have arthritis, but they don’t seek confirmation from a doctor. When these symptoms occur in younger people, they seldom think of arthritis, but arthritis can strike at any age, even in children.
Left untreated, the effects of arthritis can get progressively worse, so it is crucial that you see a doctor, especially if you experience:
- Stiffness or pain that happens suddenly without an obvious cause
- Joint pain along with a fever
- Severe tenderness and redness in a joint
- Pain and stiffness when getting out of bed in the morning or after a short period of sitting
- You have had pain, swelling, or decreased range of motion for two weeks or longer
What Causes Arthritis?
The two most common kinds of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis involves wear and erosion of the joint’s cartilage and can result in painful bone-on-bone grinding. Rheumatoid arthritis is a more complex condition, in which the immune system attacks the joint’s synovial membrane and can eventually lead to the destruction of the joint.
Arthritis can permanently damage the joints. These changes are not always visible but can be detected by X-ray. Your doctor will conduct an examination and potentially order a blood test to diagnose what type of arthritis you may have. Contact us today to schedule your free assessment.