Arthritis symptoms can differ in severity and frequency but share the same essential characteristics. When you have arthritis, your joints become inflamed. They may swell and stiffen and often are accompanied by a dull ache. In some cases, arthritis limits your joint’s range of motion.
Although arthritis can impact any joint in your body, it’s most common in the:
Different types of arthritis have various causes. Osteoarthritis occurs when cartilage in your joints breaks down, which is often due to wear and tear, aging, or repetitive movements.
In rheumatoid arthritis, the body’s immune system malfunctions and attacks the lining of your joints. Considered an autoimmune disease, the cause of this type of arthritis is unknown.
Gout — a type of arthritis that leads to sudden, extreme pain in the joints — is caused when uric acid crystals accumulate in your joint, leading to inflammation, redness, and pain.
In other cases, injury, infections, or underlying disease may lead to the development of arthritis.
When you have mild arthritis symptoms, Dr. Scott recommends using self-management techniques to control your pain and improve mobility. Some of the most important things you can do to improve your symptoms at home include:
Dr. Scott’s recommended treatment depends on the type and severity of your arthritis. If your symptoms interfere with daily functions, he may suggest medications to reduce inflammation, help with arthritis pain, or stop your immune system from attacking your joints.
In addition to medication, Dr. Scott often prescribes at-home exercises to strengthen your body, support your joints, and restore your range of motion. He also may ask that you engage in low-impact activities, like walking, biking, or yoga.
In some cases, he may use a more aggressive arthritis therapy, such as:
If your arthritis makes it difficult to do the things you love, find a solution with a fellowship-trained sports medicine specialist. Call to schedule your appointment with Dr. Scott or book online now.
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