Arthritis Overview

Arthritis is the swelling and resulting stiffness, tenderness, and pain in one of your joints. About 54 million Americans (about 23% of all adults) have arthritis, and according to the CDC it is the leading cause of work disability.  The most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. It is a chronic degenerative disease that affects mostly middle-aged and older adults. Osteoarthritis is characterized by the breakdown of joint cartilage. It usually affects your hands, knees, hips, and spine, although it can occur in any joint. Osteoarthritis is also known as degenerative joint disease.

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease where your immune system attacks your own joints. Rheumatoid arthritis affects joint linings first causing painful swelling. Over time, the inflammation associated with rheumatoid arthritis can cause bone erosion and joint deformity.

Physical therapy and medication can especially help slow the progress of arthritis.

What are the symptoms of arthritis?

The most common symptom of arthritis is pain, especially after overuse of a joint or prolonged inactivity of a joint.

Each individual experiences arthritis symptoms differently but symptoms often include:

  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Decreased Range of Motion

Symptoms of arthritis usually develop slowly over many years. After some time with arthritis, you may also feel the sensation of grinding in a joint when you move it.

The symptoms of arthritis may resemble other medical conditions such as fibromyalgia, spondylitis, gout, lupus, and more. Consult with your physician for a diagnosis.

What treatments for arthritis does BackFit offer?

Specific treatment will be determined by your BackFit Health + Spine Medical Doctors, Chiropractors, and Physical Therapists here based on:

  • Age
  • Medical History
  • Overall Health
  • Type of Arthritis
  • Extent of the Disease

Your treatment plan will be custom to you. This is because chiropractic is one of the safest therapies for osteoarthritis, for example, but it is not appropriate for inflammatory arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis.

However, physical therapy is commonly prescribed for most types of arthritis, as are electrotherapy such as TENS and PENS therapy, as well as massage therapy.

In whatever joint or joints you’re experiencing arthritis, we can provide the following:

If your knees are specifically affected by osteoarthritis, we also offer FDA-approved hyaluronic acid injections. This substance is naturally produced by the body, but a little extra soothes pain and provides lubrication to the joint.

And of course, we will also always take your needs and feedback into account. Your tolerance to medication, procedures, and therapies matters.

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