What is Arthritis?
Arthritis is inflammation of the joint and its surrounding cartilage resulting in the expansion of the joint fluid. The affected area may present with pain, stiffness, swelling, discomfort, and a reduced range of motion. There are more than 100 conditions involving arthritis occurring in people of all ages and ethnicities. Arthritis can vary in severity and may become chronic.
How is Arthritis Pain Managed?
Depending on its type and severity, arthritis pain can be managed by an assortment of treatment options. Inflammation and pain caused by fluid buildup in the tissue surrounding the joints can be diminished by icing the affected area. In contrast, heat can be used to increase the circulation around the joints to help repair degenerative tissues. To help temporarily relieve arthritis symptoms, anti-inflammatory medications can be taken. In addition, people suffering from arthritis can find relief through the use of topical creams and pain-relieving medications like aspirin or ibuprofen.
What Types of Treatments Help Manage Arthritis?
The LeJeune Integrated Medical Center provides an array of minimally invasive or noninvasive techniques and modalities which have been proven to decrease pain for our patients. Although the individual programs will vary from patient to patient based on their particular condition, a standard strategy for treating arthritis may include:
- Physical medicine and rehabilitation
- Joint injections
- PRP Injections