Arthritis: Causes and Treatments

Arthritis: Causes and Treatments

Are you one of the 54 million Americans who suffers from some form of arthritis? The Arthritis Foundation says the number of individuals who struggle with the pain, immobility and joint destruction characteristic of this inflammatory condition is on the rise. However, there is hope for effective treatment. At Texan Family Clinic in San Antonio, TX Dr. Dan Hoyumpa sees patients who have symptoms of arthritis, and he puts them on the path to wellness and better daily function.

What is arthritis?

Arthritis is a chronic, debilitating and progressive deterioration of the large and small joints of the body. Broad classifications of this disease are:

  1. Rheumatoid arthritis, believed to be caused by a defective immune system
  2. Osteoarthritis, most commonly thought of as older age, or wear and tear, arthritis

While age and gender are common denominators in an arthritis diagnosis (seniors and women have this problem more often), other causative factors include:

  • Injury (sports and traumatic injuries)
  • Heredity (arthritis appears to run in families)
  • Metabolic problems (gout and the build-up of uric acid in the joints)
  • Immune system defects (as in the case of lupus)

Studies cited by the Arthritis Foundation indicate that early treatment (soon after onset) is important to long-term management, reduction of symptoms, and prevention of joint and organ damage.

Symptoms of arthritis

There are many, and they vary in kind and intensity from person to person. Some of the most frequent signs are:

  • Joint redness, swelling and tenderness
  • Joint stiffness and weakness
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Increased body temperature
  • Pain
  • Fatigue

Treating arthritis

Treatment begins with a call to Dr. Hoyumpa and his team at the Texan Family Clinic. He'll want to see you for a complete physical examination and possibly X-rays.

Possible treatments are very individual; so your doctor will desire your input, ideas and participation in your ongoing care. Treatments may include:

  • Analgesics and anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Physical therapy
  • Exercise
  • Weight loss and management
  • Supportive devices
  • Surgical intervention

There is hope

You can live well with arthritis, but treatment really is a partnership with you and your health care provider. If you suspect you are developing arthritis, reach out to Texan Family Clinic. Dr. Hoyumpa and his team are ready to help. Call the office today for an appointment. Phone (210) 562-3125.

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