The simple definition of arthritis is painful inflammation and stiffness in joints. Because there are more than 100 different types of arthritis that can affect multiple joints at once, discovering the underlying type of arthritis causing your pain is the first step in effective treatment.
Rheumatoid arthritis, for instance, results from an autoimmune disorder that attacks and destroys the synovium in your joints. Synovium tissue nourishes cartilage and lubricates the mechanical structures in a joint. When you have rheumatoid arthritis, along with medication and other therapies that reduce pain, doctors may also prescribe medication designed to suppress your immune system and slow joint destruction caused by this form of arthritis.
Osteoarthritis ranks number one as the most common type of arthritis. This arthritis results from the normal wear and tear on joints as you age and can affect multiple joints at once, including the spine. Also known as degenerative arthritis or degenerative joint disease, osteoarthritis results when cartilage and other mechanical structures in the joints begin to deteriorate. As these structures degrade, the joint loses function, and you experience stiffness and pain. Injury through trauma, overuse, or infection can speed up this process.
Symptoms of osteoarthritis include:
When you have joint pain, swelling, or stiffness, the physicians at Solas Health will complete a thorough physical examination and carefully review your symptoms to determine the underlying condition causing your discomfort. They may also order further diagnostic studies, such as X-rays or blood tests, to confirm your diagnosis.
Depending on the cause and severity of your arthritis symptoms, treatment may include:
Call or schedule an appointment online with Dr. Corrigan at Solas Health to receive an evaluation for arthritis pain.
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