Arthritis and Joint Pain

Arthritis is a form of joint disorder that involves inflammation of one or more joints. Arthritis pain is due to inflammation that occurs around the joint, damage to the joint from disease, daily wear and tear of the joint and muscle strains caused by forceful movements against stiff painful joints and fatigue.

The most common form is osteoarthritis, a progressive degenerative joint disease characterized by the breakdown of joint cartilage associated with risk factors such as history of joint injury, extra weight and age. Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a systemic disease characterized by the inflammation of the membranes lining the joint, which causes pain, stiffness, warmth, swelling and sometimes severe joint damage. Septic arthritis is caused by joint infection. Juvenile Arthritis (JA) describes the many autoimmune and inflammatory conditions that can develop in children ages 16 and younger.

The treatment options we use to help manage arthritis may include a combination of the following: joint injections, physical and occupational therapy, medication management, diet/exercise, acupuncture, chiropractic care, massage therapy, activity avoidance and ambulatory assistance.