Various arthritic conditions impact millions of Americans, and these can lead to pain, impaired mobility, and disrupt daily life. At Aligned Medical Group, P.C. we combine years of experience with compassion, the knowledge to alleviate pain and inflammation, and a desire to improve patients’ overall sense of wellness. Call or book online to visit the Paoli, Pennsylvania, office.
Arthritis is the broad term that groups over 200 musculoskeletal conditions into one category. Specifically, arthritis means inflammation of the joint.
Chronic inflammation over time can lead to pain, muscle tension, bone spurs, and calcification (the accumulation of calcium salts in the bone causing it to harden and potentially causing new bone to form.)
Under this central category are subcategories, such as inflammatory arthritis and degenerative arthritis.
The different types of arthritis can affect people of all ages and ethnicities. Some of the different types include:
Degenerative arthritis, such as osteoarthritis, is common. It involves persistent wear and tear and the cartilage weakening in between the bones. With osteoarthritis, the bone underneath the damaged cartilage overgrows in an attempt to repair itself and changes the shape of the joint, causing deformity.
A genetic problem where your body produces too much uric acid or can’t expel it.
When a virus or fungus enters the joint, it can trigger an inflammatory response.
Inflammatory arthritis is the result of your immune system malfunctioning and attacking itself, creating a state of chronic inflammation and even potential erosion of the joints over time.
Your Aligned medical provider conducts a thorough examination and assesses your arthritic condition before assisting you in deciding the right treatment. Some of the options include:
Most treatments for arthritis revolve around improving joint function and mobility and relieving pain and other symptoms. Often, your medical provider prescribes a combination of treatments simultaneously for optimal results.
Chronic pain can take a physical and emotional toll on your well-being; let your Aligned medical provider assess the type and severity of your arthritis and help relieve your symptoms with some of the many widely-successful treatment methods. Call or book online to discuss arthritis treatment.