Managing Your Arthritis Pain

Managing Your Arthritis Pain

Over 50 million adults suffer from arthritis according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Arthritis symptoms and pain arthritis paincan be debilitating, but there are treatment options and lifestyle modifications that can help. Dr. Dan Hoyumpa, a family doctor in San Antonio, TX, offers diagnostic and treatment options for arthritis-related joint pain and stiffness.

Get Relief for Your Arthritis Symptoms in San Antonio, TX

There are many different forms of arthritis, the most common of which are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Treating arthritis depends on a number of factors such as the severity of the symptoms, the type of arthritis, and individual health and lifestyle factors.

Arthritis results from inflammation in the affected joint, which causes symptoms like pain, stiffness and even mobility problems depending on the severity and type of arthritis. Other possible symptoms of osteoarthritis include:

  • Swelling around the affected joints
  • Reduced or limited range of motion
  • Cracking or clicking sound when you bend or move the joints

Osteoarthritis typically results from wear and tear on the joint, often as people age, or as the result of a traumatic injury. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder, which develops when the body's immune system mistakes healthy tissue for a foreign body and attacks the tissue. Although rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis are the most common types, there are over 100 different forms including psoriatic arthritis and gout.

There are a few factors that can increase the risk of developing arthritis:

  • Genetics/heredity
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Being overweight/obese
  • Previous sports or other types of injury to the joint

Arthritis Treatment Options

Once you have been diagnosed with arthritis, there are a few possible treatment options depending on your diagnosis and symptoms. Treatment options include:

  • Physical and occupational therapy
  • Medication (ranging from over the counter pain relievers and NSAIDs to prescription corticosteroids and biologic drugs)
  • Surgery (if more conservative treatments fail to relieve symptoms or joint damage is severe, joint repair or replacement surgery may be an option)

Find a Family Physician in San Antonio, TX

For more information about arthritis pain management and treatment options, contact Texan Family Clinic by calling 210-562-3125 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Hoyumpa today.

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