It is estimated that 54 million Americans suffer from diagnosed arthritis. There are many different types of arthritis, with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis being the most prevalent. For those with chronic or severe arthritis, pain and limited mobility can be a part of life without the right treatment. At Medici Spine & Pain, we offer advanced treatment options for arthritis to manage pain, increase mobility and improve quality of life.
Arthritis mainly affects the joints, and it often results in deteriorating cartilage and inflammation. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that can cause widespread issues in the body. Osteoarthritis is the most common, with over 30 million Americans battling this degenerative disease.
Causes and Symptoms of Arthritis
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease that can be caused by a combination of factors. Wear on cartilage, joint injuries, obesity and genetics all contribute to whether a person is affected by arthritis as they get older. Some sufferers may have occasional pain or inflammation in joints from arthritis. Others may deal with chronic or severe pain and limited mobility. Symptoms include:
- Swollen joints
- Joint pain
- Red or inflamed joints
- Grinding, pain or limited motion when using joints
Arthritis can affect any joint in the body. This includes the larger joints like those in the hip, knee, ankle, shoulder and elbow. It also includes the small joints in the hands or in the spine.
There is not a cure for arthritis. However, there are treatments that help relieve pain and improve symptoms. Some work only to decrease pain by reducing inflammation with medications or steroid joint injections. Others can help improve the health of the joint tissues. At Medici Spine & Pain, we offer pain management options, along with cutting-edge regenerative medicine and physiotherapy, that slows down the progression of arthritis and improves mobility.
If you suffer from arthritis, there are options to improve your quality of life. Contact one of our clinics in the Atlanta area for a treatment consultation.