What is Arthritis?
Arthritis is a group of conditions that cause pain and damage to the joints of the human body. The primary type of arthritis is Osteoarthritis (OA), which is also known as Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD). OA targets the cartilage protecting the body’s joints and is a chronic condition. As a result, bone rubs on bone and the joint space decreases which could limit the joint’s natural range of motion. Key symptoms commonly associated with OA are pain, joint stiffness, morning stiffness, reduced range of motion, and difficulty performing daily tasks.
At Comprehensive Medical Care, our staff will perform a thorough evaluation and create a customized treatment plan to help get you back on the road to recovery. We have helped many in the area and beyond with this issue, and it is treatable if you get to us promptly after recognizing the symptoms. This condition should not be left to itself because it can create serious issues if left untreated.
What are the Early Signs of Arthritis?
Are you having issues getting up and down the stairs? Do normal office activities like typing hurt your hands? Do you feel like you lose grip strength when doing simple tasks at home, such as cleaning or mowing the lawn? Arthritis gives early warning signs, and you should take them seriously. If you begin to notice any of the following symptoms, call Comprehensive Medical Care for a free consultation and proper diagnosis so we can begin to create a personalized treatment plan:
- Pain or swelling in one or multiple joints
- Stiffness lasting more than an hour after waking up in your joints
- If your pain and stiffness lessens with physical activity and gets worse with inactivity
- You notice a reduced range of motion with regular activities
- Fever, rapid weight loss, fatigue, and anemia coupled with the above
What Triggers Arthritis?
Even with proper treatments, forms of arthritis can flare up again. There are certain foods and activities you should avoid when you are seeking treatment for your arthritis. They help keep it at bay until you have thoroughly gone through your personalized care plan created at Comprehensive Medical Care. Below are some of the food ingredients which trigger arthritis. You should alter your diet around the following to decrease your chances for flare-ups:
- Saturated Fats
- Trans Fats
- Refined Carbohydrates
- Gluten and Casein
- Night Shades
At What Age Does Arthritis Usually Start?
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. And while the professionals at Comprehensive Medical Care usually see arthritis develop between the ages of 30 and 50, children can also develop certain types of arthritis. Psoriasis and lupus can cause early arthritis in children and teens affected by these conditions. Joint injuries and obesity can also cause arthritis to develop at younger ages as well. Make sure you ask your doctor about potential arthritis causing diseases to ensure you take the appropriate steps to prevent issues with your joints. Taking those steps now will help your body continue to move and function no matter your age.
What is the Best Treatment for Arthritis?
If you leave your arthritis untreated, the cartilage surrounding the joint will only continue to break down, and symptoms will continue to exacerbate, making it harder and harder to complete everyday tasks. It is imperative people suffering from OA be proactive and attack the disease promptly to achieve maximum results and prevent joint replacements.
Our team at Comprehensive Medical Care will work with you to assess and diagnose your current stage of arthritis and create a personalized plan of care. Treatment of arthritis typically involves a combination of Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Chiropractic Care which are all services offered here at all of our Edison and Monroe, New Jersey facilities. Patient care plans may also include work with one of our Pain Management or Regenerative Medicine Physicians. Arthritis patients may be candidates for cortisone or viscosupplementation (Synvisc-One) injections or even some procedures such as stem cell or platelet-rich plasma injections.
Comprehensive Medical Care Helps with Arthritis Treatments
When you begin to notice the symptoms of arthritis, it is essential you call Comprehensive Medical Care right away for treatment. The earlier you catch arthritis, the easier it will be to help treat and get your strength back. Our team of Pain Management/Regenerative Medicine Physicians, Chiropractors, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and Acupuncturists has studied the best methods and has plenty of experience helping you live a better life. Preserving your joints now will help you lead a happy and independent life. Call today to schedule your free consultation.