Arthritis

Arthritis in Costa Mesa, California

Arthritis is a medical condition that refers to the swelling and inflammation within the joints, it can be painful and over time lead to limited mobility and joint diseases. In osteoarthritis (OA), a breakdown of the cartilage in the joints leads to pain and stiffness. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) occurs when the body’s immune system attacks its own organs (joints, bones, internal organs), and it is considered an autoimmune disease. Here at Better Health, we offer supplemental support in giving you a correct diagnosis and managing your arthritis symptoms and arthritic pain.

Causes of Arthritis

Arthritis happens because over time the cartilage surrounding a joint starts break down due to severe inflammation. Cartilage acts as a cushion for weight-bearing joints to smoothen movements and provides protection from pressure and to prevent joints from rubbing against each other which often times results in permanent damage such as joint destruction, inflammatory disease or degenerative arthritis. With the breakdown of cartilage, the bones rub together and cause pain, swelling and stiffness. Joint inflammation and arthritis can occur for a variety of reasons, including, broken bone, bacterial infections, viruses, an auto immune disease or overall daily wear and tear.

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Symptoms of Arthritis

People with arthritis may experience any of the following:

  • joint pain and swollen joints
  • morning stiffness
  • warm sensation around a joint
  • redness of the skin around a joint
  • limited ability to move the joint
  • loss of a range-of-motion with joint use

Main types of Arthritis 

The two main types of arthritis cause damage the body’s joints in different ways. 

Osteoarthritis(OA) is a form of arthritis that impacts one or multiple joints and can make individuals prone to loss of cartilage, swelling and inflammation resulting in pain, stiffness, and limited mobility around the joint. Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis and is more likely to happen with age. It can develop in any of the body’s joints but it most commonly causes joint damage in the knees, hips, spine, and hands.

Rheumatoid arthritis(RA) is another common form of arthritis where we see swelling and inflammation in the lining of the tissue that protects the joints and in severe cases, the inflammation can spread to other parts of body tissues. Common symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis include joint stiffness, pain, limited mobility and a corrosion of bones. It is most common in the wrist and fingers and long term damage can cause loss of function in your joints.

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      Risk aspects for osteoarthritis:

      • excess weight
      • age over 50 years
      • genetics or medical history
      • pre existing joint injury, or a bone deformity
      • repetitive movements (baseball players, ballet dancers, and construction workers are all at risk)

      Risk aspects for Rheumatoid arthritis:

      • being female
      • excess weight
      • smoking
      • age between 40 and 60 years
      • genetics or medical history
      • environmental exposures, such as silica or asbestos

      Arthritis treatment Options at Choice Care

      Medical treatment and the course of action depends on the type of arthritis you have, which joints and connective tissue are affected, the severity of the condition, what exactly caused it and how it is effecting your daily activities. Your age and lifestyle and a physical exam will also be taken into consideration when your provider or occupational therapists are creating a personalized treatment plan. For severe cases we offer imaging tests to get a clearer indicator of how much physical rehab is necessary.

      Treatments for arthritis usually include pain management and pain reduction to avoid discomfort and prevent any physical disabilities down the line. Many times it is possible to lessen symptoms of arthritis without anti-rheumatic drugs. If required, medications can be used in addition to lifestyle changes such as exercise, physical therapy, and maintaining a healthy weight. In addition, we offer regenerative treatment for arthritis and other conditions where joint pain is experienced.

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