According to the Centers for Disease Control, about 23 percent of U.S. adults – almost one in four – suffers arthritis. Although slightly more common in women than in men, arthritis affects people of all backgrounds and conditions, and risk only increases with age.
Arthritis is characterized by pain, stiffness, swelling and redness around the joints. Though it can be mild, it is one of the most common causes of disability in the United States. Once it sets in, treatment is essential. Proactive disease management can keep its symptoms from worsening.
Understanding the Two Types of Arthritis
When people talk about arthritis, they are actually talking about a cluster of different diseases. They are all characterized by inflammation of the soft tissue where two joints meet. However, they start from different causes and should be treated in different ways.
The most common forms of arthritis include:
- Osteoarthritis: This form of arthritis is more likely to set in with age. It arises mainly from ordinary “wear and tear” on the joints, which causes degeneration of cartilage. For most people, the knees and hips are very vulnerable. However, it can cause joint pain elsewhere in the body.
- Rheumatoid Arthritis: This form of arthritis arises due to a malfunction of the body’s immune system. Inflammation of the joint lining causes affected joints to become swollen and painful. The hands and feet are typical areas of arthritis pain.
Effective Treatment for Arthritis is Here
There are many risk factors for arthritis, and most of them are outside the patient’s control. Age, gender, genetics, weight, joint injuries and previous infections all play a role. Even though it can’t be predicted or completely cured, the pain of arthritis can be controlled.
At Turtle Creek Medical Center, we use state-of-the-art medical technologies and approaches to arthritis pain management. Each Dallas, TX, patient receives an arthritis pain treatment strategy tailored to his or her needs. We focus on your goals to reduce pain and improve quality of life.
We provide a wide range of services, including:
- Trigger point and joint injections using safe, natural Sarapin;
- Customized combinations of traditional and natural therapies;
- Treatments to improve range of motion in the affected joints;
- A wide range of special treatments to suit your situation.
The team at Turtle Creek Medical Center looks forward to welcoming you. Contact us today for arthritis management solutions that make a difference.