Arthritis has many forms that typically worsen with time, so you might require increasingly sophisticated interventions to keep on top of the pain. The Michigan Pain Specialists team offers several treatment options for arthritis at their locations in Ypsilanti and Adrian, Michigan, where you can benefit from their extensive experience and progressive approach. Call Michigan Pain Specialists for more information or book an appointment online today.
Arthritis affects your joints, causing pain, stiffness, and swelling. There are more than 100 arthritic diseases, some of which involve multiple joints while others target specific joints. Gout, for instance, is a type of arthritis that tends to affect the joints in your big toe.
Other symptoms that arthritis might cause can vary depending on which type you have. Osteoarthritis — the most widespread form of this condition — typically causes hot, throbbing joint pain that worsens in cold, wet weather or after physical exertion.
Inflammatory forms of arthritis, like rheumatoid arthritis, sometimes trigger problems like fevers and digestive issues. Psoriatic arthritis occurs in combination with severely flaking skin.
Arthritis can develop for a variety of reasons. Causes of the most common forms of arthritis include:
Osteoarthritis mainly affects people from middle age onward. It develops after years of joint use as the smooth layers of the cartilage covering the bones inside your joints gradually erodes.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder where your body's immune system targets the joint linings, destroying the cells as it would an invading bacteria or virus. Arthritis can also be a symptom of other autoimmune diseases like lupus.
Gout is a result of uric acid forming hard crystals inside the joints, which causes bouts of severe pain.
You're more likely to get arthritis if you have family members with the disease. Joint damage and overuse can also make you more susceptible to arthritis.
In the earlier stages of arthritis, physical therapy and anti-inflammatory medication can control your symptoms. Regenerative medicine techniques such as platelet-rich plasma (PRP) are also useful for boosting natural healing.
Steroids are potent anti-inflammatory medications. Your provider injects the steroid into the joints affected by arthritis. As well as joints like knees and shoulders, steroid injections are also useful for treating facet joint arthritis in your spine.
Your provider at Michigan Pain Specialists can inject naturally occurring hyaluronic acid into painful joints to help lubricate them.
Radiofrequency ablation involves using heat to destroy the nerves responsible for your arthritis pain. Genicular radiofrequency ablation in the knee joint and spinal nerve ablation are the most common procedures.
To find out more about your treatment options for arthritis, call Michigan Pain Specialists today or book an appointment online.