Arthritis refers to joint inflammation, which includes well over 100 conditions. Of all the possible types of arthritis, two account for most cases: osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Osteoarthritis develops gradually over years of wear and tear that slowly wears away the protective cartilage. This type of arthritis usually begins in weight-bearing joints, such as your knee and hip, but it can occur in any joint.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that occurs when your immune system attacks the membranes lining the joints. As a result, inflammation develops that gradually erodes the bone.
Rheumatoid arthritis begins in small joints, most often in your fingers and toes. As the disease progresses, it affects other joints, and the inflammation can spread to other tissues throughout your body.
Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis both cause joint pain, stiffness, and loss of movement. While rheumatoid arthritis begins with joint inflammation, osteoarthritis gradually causes inflammation. About 40% of patients with rheumatoid arthritis develop symptoms in their skin, lungs, eyes, and other parts of their body.
Your provider at DYNAMIC Pain and Wellness develops a treatment plan designed to relieve your pain, improve joint mobility, and slow down disease progression.
If you have osteoarthritis, you may need steroid injections to reduce inflammation. Many people can move better after a joint injection containing hyaluronic acid, which restores the joint’s natural lubrication.
If you have rheumatoid arthritis, you need to take disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs). These medications help to keep the disease in remission and prevent further joint damage.
For both types of arthritis, it’s important to keep moving the joint. The team at DYNAMIC Pain and Wellness offers physical therapy so you can learn exercises that benefit the joint without causing further pain or joint damage.
When your pain persists, your provider may recommend interventional or regenerative medicine.
The specialists at DYNAMIC Pain and Wellness provide numerous treatments that relieve your pain by stopping pain signals from reaching your brain. Several examples of interventional treatments for arthritis include nerve blocks, radiofrequency ablation, and an intrathecal pain pump.
Regenerative medicine is delivered in the form of joint injections that contain platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and/or stem cell therapy. Platelets activate healing and help regulate inflammation, while stem cells regenerate new tissues to repair the damaged tissues in your joint, including cartilage.
If you have the telltale signs of arthritis — joint pain and stiffness — call DYNAMIC Pain and Wellness or book an appointment online.