Treatment for Arthritis and Osteoarthritis
There are many types of arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis are two common types, but osteoarthritis is the most common. Arthritis and osteoarthritis are chronic conditions that can take the joy out of your life. The pain and inflammation they cause in your joints can be debilitating at times. Dr. Michael can provide effective treatment for these conditions, which will reduce the pain and increase your range of motion.
Millions of people are affected by the most common form of arthritis, osteoarthritis. Older people and athletes are especially vulnerable to this condition. Osteoarthritis is the result of the protective cartilage on the ends of the bones wearing down. This can happen as part of the aging process. It can also happen through repetitive motions, which is why some athletes may have it.
Proper diagnosis through testing will help determine the best treatment options for this chronic condition. When diagnosed in its early stages, the effects of arthritis may be minimized.
Symptoms of Arthritis
There are several types of arthritis, with osteoarthritis being the most common. This condition develops over time and is usually associated with old age. In truth, arthritis can affect people of all ages. Symptoms of arthritis that mostly affect the joints are:
- Decreased range of motion
Age increases the risk for many types of arthritis, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and gout, which is also a form of arthritis. You may have a family history of arthritis, which can also increase your risk. Old joint injuries are more susceptible to arthritis, and it is common for it to develop in such joints. Knees, hips and the spine can become targets for arthritis in people who are obese.
Diagnosis and Treatment
Patients complaining of arthritis symptoms are encouraged to contact Dr. Michael for a thorough examination. He will check your joints for inflammation, test your range of motion and may suggest further tests.
Laboratory tests analyze blood, urine and joint fluid to determine your type of arthritis. Imaging may include X-rays, CT scan, MRI or ultrasound imaging. Each type of imaging produces details about the joints and reveals to what extent the joints have been damaged.
If you are experiencing the pain of arthritis, contact Dr. Michael and schedule an appointment for an exam and consultation. Effective treatment of your condition can minimize or eliminate pain.