Arthritis is a group of conditions that cause pain and damage to the joints of the human body. The main type of arthritis is Osteoarthritis (OA) which is also known as Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD). OA targets the cartilage that protects the joints and is a chronic condition. As a result, bone rubs on bone and the joint space decreases. Key symptoms commonly associated with OA are pain, joint stiffness, morning stiffness, decreased range of motion and difficulty performing daily tasks.

Nearly one in three adults suffer from swollen, stiff and painful joints as a result of arthritis, and it is the most common chronic ailment among the elderly.

At Comprehensive Medical Care we will perform a thorough evaluation and create a customized treatment plan to help get you back on the road to recovery.

Treatment of arthritis typically involves a combination of physical therapy, assistive devices to unload stress on the joint (canes, crutches or splints), daily exercise, weight loss for overweight patients, and possibly even participation in an exercise program. In the event that conservative treatment isn’t enough, we will refer you to our on staff Pain Management physician for further evaluation to see if you are a candidate for cortisone or viscosupplementation (Synvisc-One) injections.

If arthritis is left untreated the cartilage surrounding the joint will continue to breakdown and symptoms will continue to exacerbate. It is imperative that people suffering from OA be proactive and attack the disease promptly in order to achieve maximum results and prevent joint replacements.

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Joint Disorders

All joints in the body are made up of bones and soft tissues that connect them, such as tendons ligaments and cartilage. There are several types of joint dysfunctions, each with different causes. Most often, muscle imbalances and inactivity lead to changes in the bones and/or soft tissues. In other cases, too much movement can create joint laxity and lead to instability. Common sites for joint dysfunctions are the facets of the spine that move when a person bends forward or backwards. If the bone surfaces do not line up or if there is a restriction in movement caused by soft tissues, a person may feel pain, stiffness and experience inflammation that can affect their daily life. The sacroiliac (SI) joints are formed between the triangular-shaped bone at the base of the spine and the back side of the pelvis. Unlike the facets, these joints are not designed to allow for much movement. If the sacrum becomes tilted or rotated towards one side, it will not line up correctly with the pelvis and can cause significant discomfort in a person’s low back or hips. Or, if one side of the pelvis is higher or lower than the other, it can lead to misalignment of the sacrum that can also cause pain and impact the way a person moves and performs daily activities. Other common sites for joint dysfunctions are the temporomandibular joints of the mouth (also known as TMJ), the glenohumeral joint/shoulder joint, and the patellofemoral joint of the knee. Physical Therapy and chiropractic care can help alleviate pain and other symptoms caused by joint dysfunctions. A combination of movement, stretching, strengthening, and/or joint mobilization can help correct the imbalances in the joints and greatly improve the symptoms of joint dysfunction and help people return to performing their daily activities with significantly less pain.


Headaches and Migraines

A headache is a common symptom that involves aching or pain in one or more areas of the head or face. While there are many different types of headaches