Arthritis Doctor Q&A
Our doctors at Living Well Healthcare specialize in arthritis pain relief treatments with our integrative medicine therapies. If you are struggling with your arthritis symptoms in Elkton MD, call us today or request an appointment online! We are conveniently located at 270 West Main Street, Elkton MD 21921.
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Arthritis is when one or more joints has swelling or tenderness which is also called inflammation. The main symptoms to look for with arthritis are joint pain and stiffness which can typically worsen with age. The most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Common signs and symptoms of arthritis involve the joints. Depending on the type of arthritis you may have, will depend on the signs and symptoms you may see. Most common signs and symptoms include:
– Deceased range of motion
Cartilage protects the joints by absorbing any pressure and shock created when your body moves and puts stress on them. A loss of cartilage in the normal amount of cartilage tissue can cause some forms of arthritis.
Normal wear and tear can cause osteoarthritis, which is one of the most common forms of arthritis. An infection or injury to the joints can aggravate the natural breakdown of cartilage tissue. The risk of developing osteoarthritis may be higher if a family member has history of the disease.
Another common cause of arthritis is an autoimmune disorder called Rheumatoid Arthritis. It occurs when the body’s immune system attacks the tissues of the body affecting the synovium, which is a soft tissue in your joints that produces a fluid that helps to nourish the cartilage and lubricates the joints. Rheumatoid Arthritis disease invades and destroys the joints, which then can eventually lead to the destruction of both bone and cartilage inside the joint.
Some risk factors for arthritis are:
– Family History
– Previous joint injuries
The main goal when treating arthritis is to reduce the amount of pain a patient may be experiencing and then to prevent any further damage to the joints. Improving joint function is also very important. Our doctors may prescribe a combination of treatment methods and medications to achieve the best results depending on the severity of your arthritis.
A few of the treatment methods could be:
Medications can help to treat arthritis, medications like analgesics are great for pain management, while others like nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAIDS) helps to control pain and inflammation. If these do not work, the doctor can also prescribe creams and immunosuppressants.
Surgery may be an option if there is a need to replace your joint with an artificial one. This form of surgery is most common when performing hip and knee replacements. If your arthritis is most severe in your fingers or wrists, the doctor may perform what is called a joint fusion. This is when the ends of your bones are locked together until they heal and become one.
– Physical Therapy
Finally, another treatment method is physical therapy, which involves exercises to help strengthen the muscles around the affected joint which is a core component of arthritis treatment.
Integrative medicine provides pain management tools needed to help with arthritis. These tools are a combination of western medical treatments and alternative treatments. Many of these treatments are available at Living Well Healthcare and they may include these treatments in your plan:
– Physical Rehabilitation
– Trigger Point Injections
– Chiropractic Care
– Exercise Counseling; and
– Wellness Planning
Many of our patients find a combination of treatments works best for them, and finding the right mix of treatments and therapies that fit best for each individual patient can take time, these may include:
– Physical Therapy
Physical therapy helps to incorporate regular stretching and strengthening muscles to help support joints and to reduce pain.
– Weight Loss
Weight loss will help to relieve any pressure that is put on the joints
– Lifestyle changes
Avoiding high-impact sports and wearing supportive and comfortable footwear.
– Pain Medication
Arthritis is used to describe pain, swelling and stiffness in the joints. It isn’t a single condition as there are multiple types of arthritis. Finding out what the cause of your pain is by visiting a doctor like at Living Well Healthcare, can help to find you the right treatment for your arthritis relief.
As of now, there is no cure for arthritis, however the treatments that are available have improved many patients pain relief greatly, and for many types of arthritis, there is a benefit in starting treatment at an early stage.
Arthritis can make life very tough by causing pain and inflammation, which could make it harder to do daily life activities. The symptoms may vary from week to week or even day to day, so it’s best to talk to your doctor about your symptoms so they can find the right treatment for you to approach and manage your arthritis symptoms.
Regardless of the type of arthritis you may have, it is always a good idea to remain physically active and mobile, as it is good for your overall health. We serve patients from Elkton MD, Elk Mills MD, Fair Hill MD, Woodcrest Shores MD, North East MD, Warwick MD, and Chesapeake City MD.
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