Understanding the Different Treatments for Your Arthritis

Nearly 30% of adults ages 45-64 report being diagnosed with arthritis. For adults ages 65 up, that number is just under 50%. In other words, there’s about a 50/50 chance that you’ll benefit from arthritis care at some point. 

While many types of arthritis exist, they all involve tenderness and swelling of one or more of your joints, and these symptoms tend to worsen over time. Thankfully, appropriate treatment can go a long way toward slowing its progression down and improving your wellness and life quality.

Our expert team at Northland Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in Kansas City, Missouri, pairs their extensive experience with cutting-edge diagnostic technology to diagnose and treat arthritis. 

Types of arthritis

There are more than 100 different types of arthritis, each of which brings its own unique traits, from causes and symptoms to areas of the body it affects. The most common forms are osteoarthritis, which stems from “wear and tear” of the  cartilage surrounding your joints, and rheumatoid arthritis, in which your immune system attacks your joints. 

A few other types of arthritis include gout, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, and juvenile idiopathic arthritis.

Arthritis treatments

Arthritis treatments aim to reduce inflammation and related symptoms, from chronic joint pain and stiffness to limited mobility. Effective treatments can also help lower your risk for complications, such as falls and fractures

At Northland Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, we create customized treatment plans based on your specific symptoms, health history, and preferences. Depending on these factors, your plan may include:

More than likely, your treatment plan will include a mix of recommended lifestyle changes and medical treatments. Some of these treatments, such as over-the-counter pain relievers, will be used on an as-needed basis. You may find that your pain spikes during certain times of the year, for example, or when you’re enduring heightened levels of stress. 

We may suggest injections for arthritis when you have an intense flare up of pain and inflammation impacting a particular joint. Surgeries for arthritis are reserved for the most severe cases and when other less invasive treatments aren’t enough. Regardless of the intensity of your symptoms, social support, patient education, and psychological counseling can be important while navigating life with arthritis.

To learn more about arthritis or get the care and support you need, call Northland Orthopedic & Sports Medicine or request a virtual appointment on our website today.

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