What is Arthritis?

Arthritis is a condition that causes inflammation of the joints. Arthritis is also the leading chronic medical condition in the United States and a leading cause of disability.

What are the symptoms of Arthritis?

While the symptoms of Arthritis vary depending on the joint affected and the type of Arthritis, the most common signs and symptoms of Arthritis include:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Stiffness
  • Reduced mobility
  • Fatigue

What are the most common types of Arthritis?

There are multiple types of Arthritis, some more common than others. Arthritis can affect many different joints in the body including Spinal Arthritis, Hand and Wrist Arthritis, Hip Arthritis and Neck Arthritis. The most common types of Arthritis include:

  • Osteoarthritis: Osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis, is when the cartilage of your bones wear away over time. Osteoarthritis can affect every joint in the body, but most commonly is seen in the hands, neck, low back, knees and hips.
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis: Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) most commonly causes inflammation in hand and feet joints, causing pain and swelling that can severely limit mobility and damage joints. RA is an autoimmune disorder and can affect other parts of the body including your eyes and lungs.
  • Psoriatic Arthritis: Psoriatic Arthritis is a form of arthritis that affects those who have a skin condition and autoimmune disorder called Psoriasis. Psoriatic Arthritis can affect the joints and varies in severity from patient to patient.

What treatments are available for Arthritis?

Treatment for Arthritis at University Spine & Pain Center includes personalized treatment plans designed by our expert staff. In the treatment of Arthritis, it is important to meet with a specialist who can pinpoint all areas of inflammation your Arthritis may be affecting. Some of the main goals of Arthritis treatment are to help relieve the pain associated with the condition, get back to functioning normally and prevent the progression of the condition. Common treatments for Arthritis at University Spine & Pain Center include Physical Therapy, Non-surgical injections, Orthotics and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)Therapy.

What do I do next?

The first step in treating Arthritis is to make an appointment to see a Pain Specialist and to learn your Arthritis treatment options.