Arthritis: Symptoms and Treatment
What your orthopedic doctor in Somerset, KY, wants you to know
If you have a few aches and pains, you probably aren’t too worried about it. But if the aches and pains continue and even get worse, you could have arthritis. Dr. Robert Supinski at Cumberland Bone & Joint Orthopedics in Somerset, KY, wants to share the facts about arthritis and how to treat it.
There are some risk factors which can make it more likely you will develop arthritis, such as:
- A family history of arthritis
- Increasing age
- Being female
- A history of joint injuries or broken bones
- Carrying extra weight
Symptoms and Types of Arthritis
So, what is arthritis and how do you know if you have it? According to the Mayo Clinic, common signs and symptoms of arthritis include:
- Joint pain, stiffness and swelling
- Inflammation and redness in your joints
- Decreased range-of-motion
The two most common types of arthritis are:
- Osteoarthritis caused by general wear-and-tear on your joints as you age, an injury or broken bones; osteoarthritis causes breakdown of the cartilage between your bones.
- Rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune condition which can be genetic, causing damage to the lining of your joints, called the synovium
Treatments of Arthritis
There are some things you can do at home to get relief from arthritis. You can try to:
- Lose excess weight to reduce stress on your joints
- Exercise to increase mobility and range-of-motion
- Apply hot and cold to your painful joints
- Use assistive solutions like canes, walkers and other devices
Treatment of arthritis depends on the type of arthritis you have. Medications are commonly used to treat all types of arthritis. Recommended medications include:
- Pain relievers like Tylenol
- Anti-inflammatory medications like Ibuprofen
- Topical creams containing menthol or capsaicin
- Anti-rheumatic medications like methotrexate
- Biologic response modifiers like Enbrel
- Corticosteroids like cortisone
Medications are combined with other therapies including exercises, stretching, bracing or splinting. In severe cases of arthritis, surgical therapy might be indicated. Surgical intervention includes possible joint repair, replacement, or joint fusion.
You don’t have to suffer from arthritis pain. You can take back your life by calling Dr. Robert Supinski at Cumberland Bone & Joint Orthopedics in Somerset, KY. Get some relief from debilitating arthritis by calling today!