What is Arthritis?
Our joints, just like any other part of our bodies, are susceptible to disease and dysfunction. Arthritis is a blanket term that refers to the more than 100 conditions that involve damage to the joints and includes genetic disorders, disorders that result from trauma, age-related disorders and disorders that involve infections. Osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis, can be caused by any of these factors, or a combination of many. It is estimated that more than 25 million people suffer from osteoarthritis in the United States. Living Well Medical in NYC gives makes a number of effective treatments for the management of arthritis available to our patients.
Arthritis Symptoms and Common Types
Arthritis is a problem that equates to pain in the joints. All forms of arthritis are painful, and many can result in loss of range of motion in the affected joint. It's not uncommon to encounter pain, swelling, redness, and tenderness in the surrounding area. The wrists, knees, elbows, hips and fingers are often associated with arthritic joints. Arthritis may affect a person's ability to bend, lift, or grasp objects, or walk more than a short distance.
In the case of rheumatoid arthritis, the problem is related to an autoimmunity in which the body attacks itself, causing damage to bone and cartilaginous tissues. Gout (or gouty arthritis) is related to the depositing of uric acid in the joints which cause inflammation. Altogether, regardless of the many causes and results of arthritides, the condition is painful and requires management. Arthritis cannot be cured, but with the right approach, its effects can be mitigated and its impact on your quality of life reduced.
Arthritis Treatment Downtown Manhattan, NYC
Treatment of arthritis at Living Well Medical in NYC is focused on reducing pain to the extent possible and encouraging lifestyle changes that will lessen the degree to which it affects you.
For the majority of patients, physical therapy can be a significant boost in controlling pain in the long term in the affected joint. However, its effectiveness can vary depending on the type of arthritis that you have. Lifestyle improvements like weight control and exercise have also been shown to be beneficial. It is important to note, however, that for patients that have erosive forms of arthritis, arthroplasty (joint replacement surgery) might be necessary. Living Well Medical in NYC can help you make the right decision for arthritis treatment. Call 212-645-8151 to make an appointment today.