Although arthritis is often a regular part of aging, it doesn’t mean you have to suffer from joint pain without help. At Urgently Ortho, Ephraim Dickinson, MD and Brieana Brady, PA-C offer a solution to arthritis and joint pain. From dull aching to joint stiffness and mobility issues, they can reduce the symptoms of your arthritis and help you feel well. If you live in San Francisco and suffer from arthritis, it’s time to schedule an appointment with Urgently Ortho. Call the office today or use the online feature to schedule.
What causes arthritis?
A bone disorder, arthritis describes multiple conditions associated with chronic joint inflammation.
Osteoarthritis, the most common form of the disease, results from the degradation of the cartilage in your joints. This soft, cushiony material wears away, leaving your bones to rub together. In most cases, osteoarthritis results from aging, injury, or overuse of the joint, often from repetitive movements required in work or hobbies.
A malfunction in your immune system causes rheumatoid arthritis, a chronic autoimmune disorder. For an unknown reason, the immune system turns on the cells in your joint lining, attacking them. That causes severe inflammation.
What are the symptoms of arthritis?
The most common symptom of arthritis is pain in and around your joint. Arthritis can impact any joint in your body, but it most often attacks your:
Beyond this pain, arthritis leads to other symptoms, most caused by inflammation. Your joints may swell, stiffen, or ache. You may have a decreased range of motion, and with some forms of arthritis, your joints may become deformed.
How is arthritis treated?
Arthritis is a chronic condition and, therefore, has no cure. At Urgently Ortho, Dr. Dickinson and Brieana Brady, PA-C, can decrease the severity and frequency of your arthritis symptoms, reducing pain and restoring joint mobility.
Depending on the severity of your arthritis and what joints it impacts, they may use a variety of treatments, such as:
Along with chiropractic treatments, the team at Urgently Ortho also recommends lifestyle changes to improve arthritis, like 30 minutes of daily physical activity. That should include stretching and strengthening exercises, making things like yoga an excellent choice.
Eating a diet rich in whole foods and avoiding inflammation-causing foods and drinks can also improve your pain level. If your work requires you to remain in the same position for an extended period, Dr. Dickinson and Brieana advise you to get up and move at least once an hour.
When your arthritis flares up, your practitioner may recommend using heat and ice treatments to reduce inflammation. Topical creams containing capsaicin can also ease pain.
If arthritis pain and mobility issues are stopping you from doing the things you love, find a solution. Schedule your appointment with Urgently Ortho today by calling the office or book your appointment online.
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