Can’t work because of severe pain? You are not alone. In fact, Arthritis is the #1 cause of disability in the United States, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
There are over 100 different types of Arthritis. Treatment options vary depending on the type you have.
How Arthritis Can Affect Your Entire Life
- Frequent trips to the Doctor’s office have become the norm
- Holding down a job is difficult due to pain
- Simply, daily activities like combing your hair or walking the dog are painful
- You’re isolated because it’s hard and painful to venture far from the house
- You experience psychological distress and depression from the pain
- The expense of medical care and medication
- The start of alcohol or drug abuse to numb the pain
- Decreased ability to move joint
- Joint Pain
- Redness or swelling around joint
Common Types of Arthritis
Osteoarthritis (OA) otherwise knows as “wear and tear” arthritis or degenerative joint disease is the most common type of arthritis. Much like the brake pads on your care wear out over time, begin to grind and make noise – so do your joints. OA can also cause muscle spasms, ligament strains, bone fractures, and nerve compression inside the joints.
- Psoriatic Arthritis
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Septic Arthritis
There is no cure for arthritis, but there are several things you can do to manage symptoms, including visiting a Pain Management Specialists to help ease the pain.
Before we discuss what causes arthritis, let’s first look at how a joint works.
Your joints are made up of ligaments, cartilage, and a number of different moving parts. They are like the “hinges” that link your bones together so you can stretch, twist and turn easily.
A joint is where one bone moves on another, ligaments hold the bones together and the cartilage cover the bone’s surface, acting as a shock absorber and allowing the bones to move smoothly together.
Synovial fluid lines the area around the joint or joint cavity, which keeps the joint and cartilage healthy.
When you have arthritis something within the complex structure of your joint is not working, as it should.
Arthritis is characterized by pain, inflammation, or stiffness of the joints. This can be caused by a lack of synovial fluid, an autoimmune disease, infection, or wear and tear on the cartilage or ligaments. The type of arthritis is classified by the way in which the joint fails to function.
- Being Overweight
- Physically Demanding Jobs
- Sport Injuries
FIND A TOP10MD PAIN MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST
Finding a Pain Management Specialist is difficult at best. If you are suffering from chronic pain, it’s time to find the right doctor to address your condition.
There are hundreds of Pain Management Specialists to choose from; however, not all doctors are created equal. That’s why we’ve selected your city’s best Pain Management Specialists – to make the decision process easier for you and your family.
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