Degenerative Joint Disease (Arthritis)
According to the Centers for Disease Control, arthritis has been diagnosed in 50% of adults 65 years of age and older. A disease that is characterized by inflammation of one or more joints, arthritis in its late stages can be crippling. There are different forms of arthritis, with osteoarthritis as the most common.
Osteoarthritis is a condition that is caused by gradual wear and tear on the joints. Obesity can be a factor in osteoarthritis, as it causes additional stress to weight-bearing joints in the body, such as the hips and the knees. By comparison, Rheumatoid arthritis is not caused by deterioration, rather, it is caused by an auto-immune disorder that causes the body to attack its own tissues, which will cause the deterioration common to arthritic disorders.
As of yet, no cure exists. However, there are medications, procedures and treatments that can alleviate some of the pain caused by this disease.
How Do We Treat Degenerative Joint Disease (Arthritis)?
At Pain Care Specialists of Oregon, we know how to treat arthritis. Our multidisciplinary approach incorporates state-of-the-art medical technology and the finest healthcare expertise to return you to a pain-free and active lifestyle. Treatments are generally non to minimally invasive and are conservative in nature. The first line of treatment for most forms of arthritis includes non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications otherwise known as NSAIDs. This class of medication includes ibuprofen and naproxen. These medications can alleviate the chronic inflammation and pain that is associated with arthritis.
Consistent exercise is advisable, as movement helps keep the joints flexible and moving more fluidly. Walking, yoga, and water aerobics are among the best for those who suffer from arthritis as these activities are low impact. Arthritis therapy sessions with a physical therapist can help immensely, as they can help devise an exercise and stretching regimen specific to the patient’s abilities and pain level.
Many patients have seen an improvement in their pain through joint injections. These consist of a corticosteroid which is intended to reduce inflammation and pain in the joint. A treating physician may recommend a procedure consisting of a series of joint injections to improve a patient’s range of motion and quality of life.
Our doctors and staff specialize in treating arthritis pain and the disorders that cause pain. Whatever the cause of your arthritis, the professionals at Pain Care Specialists of Oregon will diagnose and treat it using cutting-edge technology and the finest medical attention. If you are experiencing arthritis, please contact us to help relieve your pain.