Arthritis is inflammation of one or more joints caused by the breakdown of cartilage. Cartilage normally protects the joint and absorbs shock. Without it, bones rub together, causing pain, swelling, stiffness, and limited movement.
There are more than 100 different types of arthritis and, according to the Arthritis Foundation, about 37 million Americans of all ages suffer from arthritis of some kind—almost 1 out of every 7 people.
Symptoms of Arthritis
Treatment of Arthritis
The treatment of arthritis depends on the cause, which joints are affected, the severity, and how the condition affects your daily activities. Your age and occupation will also be taken into consideration when your doctor works with you to develop your individualized treatment plan.
If possible, treatment will focus on eliminating the cause, not just treating the symptoms. However, some forms of arthritis, such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, are not curable. In those cases, our treatment focuses on reducing pain and discomfort and preventing further disability. Sometimes lifestyle changes are enough to improve your comfort and mobility. If not, medications may be prescribed along with exercise.