How Can Arthritis Be Treated?

Each year, millions of people are diagnosed with arthritis, a disorder characterized by swollen, stiff, and painful joints. Arthritis can occur in any of the joints, such as the hands, legs, or feet, and the primary symptoms are severe joint pain, stiffness, and a decreased ability to walk and move joints comfortably. These symptoms can become gradually worse with age.

The two main forms of arthritis, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, can cause damage to joints in different ways. Osteoarthritis causes damage to the cartilage in your joints, resulting in severe pain and restricted movements. This damage may occur over many years, or it can be caused by sudden joint infection or injury. Rheumatoid arthritis occurs when the immune system suddenly attacks the lining of the joint capsule, resulting in inflammation and swelling. The disease may eventually destroy both the cartilage and bone within the joint.

So, how can arthritis be treated? Here are some of the most common treatment options.

  1. Physical therapy. Physical therapy is often recommended as a way of helping arthritis patients relieve their joint pain and stiffness, while restoring their range of motion. Patients who practice the exercises they learn in physical therapy will usually notice a great improvement in their muscle strength and flexibility.
  2. Medication. Common medications used to relieve pain and inflammation from arthritis include corticosteroids, anti-inflammatory drugs, and analgesics.  These medications can help relieve the discomfort associated with arthritis.
  3. Surgery. When nonsurgical treatments like medication or physical therapy are not enough, doctors may recommend joint surgery. Joint surgery is typically helpful in reducing pain and restoring normal function to one’s joints. However, joint surgery is usually only performed as a last resort to treat severe cases of arthritis. Arthroscopy is a less invasive procedure, allows doctors to treat joint damage through small incisions made in the skin.

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If you are suffering from arthritis and want to learn more about your treatment options, contact us today.  Our offices are located in Worcester, proudly serving the surrounding areas.  Schedule your appointment today at (508) 363-6363.  We hope to hear from you soon.

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