Arthritis affects millions of people in the United States. Simply defined, arthritis is pain in one or more of your joints secondary to inflammation and/or degradation of cartilage (the cushion between your bones). This inflammation and/or degradation of cartilage causes swelling, pain, and stiffness in the joint. A significant number of people have arthritis in their wrists, hands, shoulders, hips, and knees, which makes it difficult for them to do normal activities.
Although there are many forms of arthritis, most pain is caused by just two types: osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Osteoarthritis is a progressive condition that destroys the cartilage covering the ends of bones. When the bare bones rub against each other, it results in pain, stiffness, and weakness.
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a disease that attacks multiple joints throughout the body. Rheumatoid arthritis often starts in smaller joints, like those found in the hand and wrist. It also typically affects the same joint on both sides of the body. RA is an autoimmune disease, meaning the immune system attacks its own tissues. In RA the defenses that normally function to protect the body from infection instead damage the musculoskeletal system.
Treatment options from Dr. David Provenzano
Dr. Provenzano will perform a thorough evaluation and develop a personalized treatment plan that includes the most advanced pain management techniques to treat arthritis pain, which may include: