If you’re living with arthritis, you know the pain and discomfort that comes with it. Arthritis is a broad term that covers more than 100 diseases. It occurs when inflammation in the joints lasts for a very long time or comes back repeatedly, causing tissue damage.
The most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis, which is caused by the breakdown of cartilage on your bones. It often affects hands, fingers, knees, and hips but can occur in any joint. Rheumatoid arthritis involves the immune system attacking the joints and causing inflammation that can harm cartilage and bone. Gout, another form of arthritis, causes a buildup of uric acid and needle-like crystals form in the joints, leading to swelling and pain.
The good news is that there are treatments available for arthritis that can help relieve your symptoms and improve your overall quality of life. Our Rancho Family Medical doctors will be able to advise you on the best option for your individual needs to help relieve pain, increase joint mobility and strength, and control the disease. Depending on your condition, your doctor may suggest a combination of rest, physical therapy, compresses (hot or cold), joint protection measures, exercise, drugs and/or surgery. Treatment plans may include medications such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs), steroid injections and lifestyle or diet changes. Arthritis treatment plans are very effective in slowing down or even stopping joint damage caused by the condition. It’s important to work with your doctor to develop a plan that is right for you.
Arthritis may be painful, but with the right treatment it doesn’t have to take over your life. With the right treatment, you can find relief from your pain and live a fuller life.
There are many resources available for Rancho Family patients to help people living with arthritis, like the exercise classes offered at our Senior Centers. If you would like to talk with a Rancho Family physician about your symptoms and concerns, please get in contact with us. Together, we can develop a treatment plan that works for you and will help keep your life as normal as possible. To get help with becoming a patient or booking please contact our Patient Relations Team at (951) 225-6808.