Arthritis is a catchall term for over 100 diseases that cause inflammation, pain, and stiffness in your joints. The most common form is degenerative arthritis, a condition that typically worsens with age.
There are many forms of arthritis, including psoriatic arthritis, post-traumatic arthritis, and infectious arthritis, but the bottom line is that all forms can limit the function of your joints in considerable ways. Three of the most common include:
Of the people living with arthritis, 31 million have osteoarthritis, which is a degenerative condition that slowly breaks down the cartilage in your joints. Your cartilage is a slippery substance on the ends of your bones that prevents them from rubbing together painfully.
Also called inflammatory arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis is a condition in which your body’s immune system mistakenly attacks your joints, causing inflammation.
If you have high levels of uric acid in your body it can build up in your joints and form crystals that cause acute pain
While joint pain and stiffness are the hallmarks of arthritis, the disease can also cause:
- Decreased range of motion
- Joint clicking
If you’re beginning to experience any of these symptoms, early intervention is key in helping to prevent your arthritis from causing permanent damage.
Once your provider at 7 Springs Orthopedics confirms arthritis, they fight back using a number of treatment tools designed to restore your function and relieve your discomfort. These include:
Using steroids, hyaluronic acid, and a local anesthetic, your provider delivers injections into your arthritic joint to reduce inflammation and relieve pain.
The world of regenerative medicine is fast gaining acceptance as a viable way to help rebuild your damaged tissue using the human body’s own natural resources. For example, with platelet-rich plasma therapy, your provider taps the growth factors inside your platelets and redirects them to where you need them most. With stem cell therapy, your provider introduces healing stem cells into your damaged tissue to encourage rebuilding on a cellular level.
If your joint is causing you more harm than good, joint replacement may be an alternative that restores pain-free movement to your body. The providers at 7 Springs Orthopedics and our orthopedic surgeon partners will discuss your options with you.
To get moving again, free from arthritis, call your nearest 7 Springs Orthopedics or request an appointment using our online scheduling tool.
Whether a youngster suffering from their first sprained ankle, a weekend warrior with a knee injury, or an older adult trying to reduce arthritic pain in their hands, 7 Springs Orthopedics can help.
Our promise to the patient has never changed: we will respect your time, you will be treated with courtesy in a welcoming environment, and we’ll make sure you receive the appropriate care for your condition.