Get Relief From Joint Pain Due to Arthritis
Joint pain often results from a chronic degenerative condition of the bones and joints known as arthritis. Arthritis is a bone related chronic health problem that is also degenerative. It results from the inflammation of joints and is extremely painful. There are several types of arthritis that can have rapid onset symptoms or can be gradually degenerative. Most conditions are very often associated with age but arthritis can also affect people of other ages as well. There are several types of arthritis and they can have a rapid onset of symptoms or can be gradually degenerative over time. Most arthritidies, like osteoarthritis (OA), are associated with age and overuse, but arthritis can also affect people who have had injuries to or surgeries on joints. In addition, there is an entire class of arthritic diseases related to autoimmune conditions, like rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
What is Arthritis?
Arthritis is a chronic disease that causes severe joint pain, swelling and stiffness in the affected areas. Sometimes this disease may also change the basic skeletal structure and results in a decreased range of motion. There are two types of arthritis:
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
RA is the more severe one where the symptoms include loss of appetite, anaemia, inflammation of immune system and/or deformity if left untreated. Arthritis affects women more than men and is also caused due to hereditary factors.
All joints contain a special tissue called cartilage that acts as a cushion for the connecting joints. The main function of cartilage is to act as a shock absorber and protect the joint. Over a period of time, this tissue wears down and reduces in size. This increases friction in the joints thus causing pain. Arthritis resulting from wear and tear is OA, whereas RA is an autoimmune disorder. People with RA have their own immune system attack their tissues for reasons which are not completely understood. This in turn affects the synovium and synovial fluid (lubricating liquid in the joints) and damages the joints significantly.
What causes arthritic joint pain?
All joints contain a special tissue called cartilage that acts as a cushion for the connecting joints. The main function of cartilage is to act as a shock absorber and protect the joint. Over a period of time, this tissue wears off and reduces in size. This increases friction in the joints thus causing pain. Arthritis resulting from wear and tear or genetic factors is OA whereas RA is an autoimmune disorder. People with RA have their own immune system attack their tissues. This in turn affects the synovium (lubricating liquid in the joints) and damages the joints irreversibly.
How does joint pain due to arthritis affect your health and your lifestyle?
This debilitating disease manifests itself with varying degrees of severity. People with mild arthritic symptoms can continue with their daily routine as usual while people with severe symptoms experience restricted movement, stiffness of the joints and chronic pain. Treatment of Arthritis involves taking analgesics (pain killers), immunosuppressants (reduces inflammation) or Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatory drugs (controls pain and inflammation). Surgery to replace joints with an artificial one and physical therapy are the other treatments available. Your health care practitioner will make an informed decision based on your blood test results and symptoms.
There may be specific severe cases where replacement surgery is necessary. At Bayshore Medical Group, we often deal with joint pain that is due to some form of arthritis. If you're looking for joint pain relief with long-lasting results, reach out to our specialists today. We will assess your case in detail to see if our non-pharmaceutical and non-surgical regenerative therapies are right for you. We recognize that not all patients may be eligible for our services and that some patients may indeed require surgery. Our goal is to make sure you completely understand all of your options clearly before you have to consider a surgical option.