Treatment Options for Arthritis
Arthritis is a chronic pain disorder that affects the bone endings in joints. Overtime, the cartilage in the joints begins to wear down, causing pain and inflammation. There are over 100 different types of arthritis, and the causes vary. Arthritis most often affects the elderly, but it can also develop in children. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is a degenerative joint disease and rheumatoid arthritis which is an autoimmune disease. There are a variety of treatment options available to manage the pain caused by arthritis, however, there is no absolute cure for the condition.
Arthritis treatments range from conservative to surgical. To follow is a look into the different types of treatment available to arthritis patients.
Conservative Arthritis Treatment
Because there's no cure for arthritis, finding the correct course of treatment to best alleviate the pain varies from patient to patient. Some common conservative methods are:
- Lose weight, carrying extra weight adds extra stress and pressure to the joints
- Diet, there's many studies that show certain foods may help alleviate symptoms from arthritis
- Low impact exercise, such as yoga can help promote circulation throughout the body and work to reduce inflammation
- Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs
- The use of assisting devices such as the use of a cane, crutches or splints
- Cortisone injection therapy
Surgical Treatments for Arthritis
In cases where arthritis has progressed to the point where a joint is entirely unable to function, and causes extreme pain, surgery may be recommended by a board certified orthopedic surgeon. Surgery for arthritis can vary depending on the type of arthritis, joint affected, and age of the patient. Some common surgeries to address arthritis include:
- Arthroscopy, this is when a surgeon removes floating or chipped pieces of cartilage through a closed, minimally invasive surgical technique
- Total joint replacement, this is most commonly seen in the hip and knee joint, less commonly in the ankles and shoulders
- Joint Fusion surgery is reserved for when a joint replacement fails
Do You Suffer From Arthritis? Contact Napa Vacaville Sports Medicine and Orthopaedics
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