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Arthritis & Osteoarthritis
Arthritis is inflammation of the joints in the body. The main symptoms of arthritis are joint pain and stiffness, which normally get worse with age. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis is usually caused by normal wear and tear, while rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder. Uric acid crystals, infections or even an underlying disease, such as psoriasis or lupus, can cause other types of arthritis. Premier Pain Management team of expert pain management professionals will help you diagnose your arthritis pain and decide the best treatment options for your specific condition.
Arthritis & Osteoarthritis Treatments:
Arthritis treatment will depend on the nature and seriousness of the underlying condition. The main goals are to reduce inflammation and improve the function of affected joints before more serious problems occur. In addition to treatments you receive at Premier Pain Management, we also recommend you use dry heat from a heating pad or moist heat in the form of a hot bath or a hot-water bottle wrapped in a towel to help relieve pain and stiffness. Heat and rest are very effective in the short run for most people with the disease. Regular exercise is also important to keep the joints mobile.
Symptoms of Arthritis:
The most common symptoms of arthritis occur around the joints. Depending on the type of arthritis you have, your symptoms may include:
- Pain/Burning Sensation
- Stiffness/Limited Range of Motion in Joints
- Swelling of the Joints
- Redness Around the Area of the Affected Joints
What Causes Arthritis?
To understand what causes arthritis we need to take a look at the joint and how it functions. Ligaments are used to hold the two bones together within the joint. The ligaments act like flexible bands; they help to keep your bones in place when your muscles relax or contract to make the joint move. Cartilage covers the bone surface to stop the two bones from rubbing directly against each other. The covering of cartilage allows the joint to work smoothly and painlessly. Osteoarthritis involves wear-and-tear damage to your joint’s cartilage — the hard, slick coating on the ends of bones. Enough damage can result in bone grinding directly on bone, which causes pain and restricted movement. This wear and tear can occur over many years, or it can be hastened by a joint injury or infection.
Premier Pain Management wants to put an end to your pain. We realize the trouble of living with arthritis and have worked to help many patients overcome their pain. Our team of medical doctors will design a pain management program that not only gives you pain relief but also prevents pain from coming back and helps promote healthier joints to reduce inflammation. Don’t waste anymore time living in pain, contact Premier Pain Management today.
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