Am I at risk for getting arthritis?
Arthritis can develop in anyone's body as they age. Some, very few, never have to deal with arthritis at all. It can depend on your genetic makeup. Some of the factors we have seen that contribute to arthritis are:
- Over 50 years of age
- Family History of arthritis
- Already have developed bone spurs
- Get certain viral or bacterial infections
- Perform physical labor jobs now or in the past
- Have become overweight or are obese
- Previous trauma or injury to an area
Can I get different types of arthritis?
Arthritis is a broad term that can include over 100 different conditions. Osteoarthritis is probably the most common disease that people would call arthritis. Osteoarthritis is diagnosed when the cartilage that helps protect the joints between your bones starts to wear down. We see this as a natural part of aging in some and in trauma for others but osteoarthritis needs to be managed to help you find relief.
Rheumatoid arthritis is another common autoimmune condition that causes pain in many people. Your body will destroy protective tissues and cause your internal structure to wear down prematurely.
Arthritis called gout is excessive uric acid buildup in your body. Gout creates sharp crystal deposits in your joints and can cause bouts of extreme tenderness and pain. Gout is found in both men and women although it tends to be more common in men.
Your treatment options for arthritis?
You require a custom treatment plan to relieve your arthritic pain and not cause any further damage. You will most likely require a combination of different treatments to help you regain your normal activity level. The treatments we use at Aligned Life Medical for arthritis include:
- Physical therapy
- Regenerative injections
- Anti-inflammatory supplementation
- Daily exercises
- Hyaluronic acid injections
- Recommended dietary supplements
Can I have surgery to treat arthritis?
Surgery should always be considered a last resort for arthritis. Surgeries to treat arthritis are different depending on the cause of your arthritis. Certain surgeries remove damaged cartilage or tissue and can involve fusing joints together. Joint replacement surgery occurs when arthritis becomes significantly degenerated over years or can be a result of a trauma like a fall. We have seen patients with spinal disc, hip, knee and shoulder replacements.