Arthritis is an extremely prevalent condition, affecting the lives of almost a quarter of adults in the United States—over 54 million people. There is no single cause for arthritis, with most cases resulting from wear and tear damage to the joint’s cartilage. Symptoms of arthritis include joint pain, stiffness, swelling and redness. It may also result in reduced range of motion.
What is Arthritis?
Arthritis (from Greek, ‘arthro’ meaning ‘joint’ and ‘itis’ meaning ‘inflammation’) refers to inflammation of the joints in one or more places within the body. The most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis. It can affect almost any joint in the body but typically causes pain in the hands, feet, spine, knees, and shoulders. Osteoarthritis is increasingly common with advanced age, affecting nearly every person after they reach a certain maturity. In fact, it is rare to see people in their 80s who are not affected by osteoarthritis to some degree. Arthritis is characterized by pain, warmth and/or swelling in one or more joints. These symptoms are collectively referred to as inflammation. There are multiple types and causes of arthritis, which is why it is vital to have any form of joint inflammation evaluated by a medical professional.
When should I visit the doctor for arthritis?
It is recommended to visit a medical professional for arthritis if experiencing any of the following:
- Unexplained swelling or stiffness that lasts longer than a few days
- It becomes painful to touch your joints
- Symptoms are persistent
- Pain that is not related to an injury
- Swelling of joints not caused by an injury, especially if accompanied by a fever
- Symptoms that negatively affect day-to-day activities
- New symptoms arise
- Symptoms become more intense
What is the most effective treatment for arthritis?
The most effective treatment for arthritis varies from patient to patient and depends on its cause and severity. In many cases of arthritis, your doctor may prescribe the following treatments:
What pressure affects arthritis?
Barometric pressure is known to exacerbate arthritis symptoms. Changes in barometric pressure may expand and contract the tendons, muscles, and any scar tissues. This can create pain in arthritic joints. Low temperatures can also affect the joints, thickening the joint fluid which results in stiffness.
What do doctors give for arthritis pain?
While some doctors prescribe medication for arthritis pain, more medical professionals are opting for a more natural alternative, such as massage therapy, chiropractic care. These treatment options can provide long-term relief without negative side-effects.
What causes arthritis?
There are different types of arthritis, each with a different cause.
Osteoarthritis is caused by:
- Wear and tear on the joints
- Significant injury around joints
Other types of arthritis are caused by inflammation, with symptoms often worse in the mornings. What causes inflammatory types of arthritis remains unknown at present, however scientists are getting closer to discovering the answer.
Rheumatoid arthritis is caused by an autoimmune response that attacks the lining of the membranes that surround the joints, known as the synovium. The earlier that treatment is started for arthritis, the better the outcome.
If you or someone you love is experiencing symptoms related to arthritis, come to Total Wellness Medical Centre today. Our kind and compassionate professionals are experienced in treating arthritis and can help you find relief. Call us today to book an appointment. We serve patients from Wilmington DE, Claymont DE, New Castle DE, Greenville DE, Centerville DE, Elsmere DE, Hockessin DE, Chadds Ford PA, Garnet Valley PA, and Kennett Square PA. Looking forward to serve you!