Arthritis comes in many forms and, while it isn’t well understood, is one of the most chronic pain conditions among adults. The Spine Center of Southeast Georgia offers tailored arthritis treatment in Brunswick and Kingsland for significant pain relief.
What is Arthritis?
Arthritis is a complicated condition that comes in more than 100 forms, but all types involve inflammation of the joints. Most cases of arthritis, however, are osteoarthritis (OA) or rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
While usually developing slowly over time, the symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis can still appear suddenly. Arthritis is usually seen in adults over 65, but RA can often affect younger adults. Arthritis is also more commonly found in women than men.
What Causes Arthritis?
A flexible yet firm connective tissue located in the joints, cartilage absorbs any pressure and shock that is created when movement or stress is put on the joints to protect them. Any reduction in the usual amount of this cartilage tissue can cause some forms of arthritis.
With regards to osteoarthritis—one of the most common forms of arthritis—normal age-related wear and tear of the joints is the main cause, although this may be exacerbated by any injuries or infections to the joints. Those with a family history of osteoarthritis run a much higher chance of developing it at some point in life.
Rheumatoid arthritis is usually brought on when the tissues of the body are attacked by the body’s immune system. These attacks affect a type of tissue in the joints called the synovium, which produce a fluid responsible for lubricating and nourishing the joints and cartilage. Rheumatoid arthritis is a disease of the synovium, but it will invade and destroy the joint itself. Eventually, this can lead to both the cartilage inside the joint and the bone itself deteriorating. Scientific studies have detected genetic markers that can increase your risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis five-fold; however, the exact cause of the attacks from the immune system are currently unknown.
What Are the Symptoms of Arthritis?
People suffering from arthritis most commonly experience joint pain, swelling, and stiffness of the joints. You may notice a reddening of skin around the joint, and a decreased range of motion. Many times, people dealing with arthritis may notice that their symptoms seem worse first thing in the morning.
For those with RA, a loss of appetite or a constant feeling of tiredness may be a symptom as a result of inflammation. Some people may also see a decrease in their red blood cell count, a result of becoming anemic, or have an onset of slight fever. Deformity may result from RA being left untreated.
How is Arthritis Treated in Brunswick, GA?
There are several treatment options available at the Spine Center of Southeast Georgia to relieve the pain, stiffness, and reduced range of motion that comes with arthritis. We will work with you to develop a tailored treatment plan to give you the best pain relief.
- Steroid injections can offer relief from arthritis by reducing painful inflammation of the joints.
- This procedure is designed to help damaged tissue in the joints self-renew using your own adult stem cells. It’s most frequently used to treat arthritis of the spine.
- This procedure uses platelet-rich plasma concentrated from your own blood to concentrate healing activities at the site of damaged cartilage. PRP therapy can be used to treat OA and may help slow joint damage, reduce pain, and improve function.
- This treatment uses radiofrequency energy to ablate or burn nerves to stop the transmission of pain signals for several years. It’s used to treat patients with pain related to the joint degeneration of arthritis.
If you are struggling with the pain and limited function of arthritis in Kingsland or Brunswick, contact us today to schedule an appointment. The Spine Center of Southeast Georgia offers comprehensive treatments that can significantly relieve arthritis pain.