Experiencing occasional joint pain is an issue that can influence your quality of life, as the pain can affect the way you carry out your daily activities. You may need to seek professional medical attention to get your life back. Dr. Mahan Ostadian provides specialized and effective treatments for joint pain, focusing on the root causes instead of only the symptoms.
What is arthritis?
Arthritis is a term used to describe more than 100 different conditions that result in joint pain and inflammation. Osteoarthritis is the most predominant type of arthritis that causes degeneration of your joint tissues. Other commonly occurring types of arthritis are rheumatoid arthritis and gout. Your joints have connective tissues including synovial lining, ligaments, and cartilage that help you in mobility. On the other hand, your tendons and ligaments are responsible for attaching your muscles to your bones, enabling movement. The cartilage provides padding that protects your bones as well as lubricating your joints for smooth movement. Your synovial lining releases a fluid that supplies extra lubrication and padding. Arthritis attacks any joint, resulting in pain, inflammation, consequently affecting your mobility.
Common causes of arthritis
Various factors cause arthritis. The most common factors are your medical history and your genetic composition. There are varying causes for each form of arthritis. For instance, osteoarthritis occurs because of degeneration of the tissues in your joints. Being overweight or engaging in tedious activities that stress your joints, causing the cartilage to erode. Rheumatoid arthritis is a type of arthritis that develops due to your immune system’s attack on your tissues. This type of arthritis attacks your synovial lining resulting in inflammation; as deterioration occurs, it causes erosion on the bones. Rheumatoid arthritis commonly affects minor joints such as the joints connecting your fingers and hands. Additionally, lifestyle habits and diet significantly contribute to the accumulation of uric acid crystals between your joints resulting in gout.
What are the available treatment options for arthritis?
Republic Spine and Pain provides effective treatment options to alleviate your pain and restore your mobility. The center directly addresses your predicament’s root cause instead of treating your symptoms, thus enhancing your general health. The treatment procedures are integrative as they merge several treatments to remedy your condition. Your doctor will recommend the following treatments:
- The transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation unit
- Administration of cortisone
- Physical therapy
- Medication management
Your doctor may also advise you to undergo complementary therapies like acupuncture to take care of pain in the joints. Your doctor can also ask you to modify your lifestyle for long-term benefits. The changes you might face include adjusting your diet or engaging in sports activities to aid in weight loss to minimize the stress on your joints. The exercises also boost your strength and reduce stiffness in your joints, enabling smooth movement.
In case you are struggling with pain in your joints and it is significantly disrupting your life, make an online appointment, or directly contact Republic Spine and Pain offices to get a solution to your condition.