Arthritis involves the inflammation of one or more joints. It’s a common problem as people grow older, but it is a condition that some people fight their whole lives. Arthritis is an umbrella term that covers a number of inflammatory conditions that affect the joints. The two most common forms of the disease are:
Osteoarthritis, the most common form, boils down to simple wear and tear. Every time you take a step, you work several joints on the legs from the foot up to the pelvis. Over time, each step takes its toll on the cartilage that protects the bone caps. Once the connective tissue disappears, the bones rub together which causes inflammation and irritation.
Anyone can develop osteoarthritis. Some common risk factors include:
Most of Dr. Estimé's older patients have some type of joint pain, even its minor. He can work with you wherever you’re at with your symptoms to manage your discomfort.
The pain of arthritis is nothing more than a mild inconvenience for some people. For others, it is disabling. The symptoms will vary based on the severity of your inflammation, the location, the type of arthritis and your overall health. Some common symptoms include:
Prevention is the best treatment plan, especially for osteoarthritis. Dr. Estimé will work with you to make different lifestyle choices that might reduce your risk of developing joint problems, like weight management and regular exercise. If inflammation sets in, he will start with helping to manage the pain.
Some people do well with over-the-counter pain relievers like nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Others find relief by taking corticosteroids. Often, physical therapy is part of the game plan. It can strengthen the muscles around the joint and take some of the pressure off. Extreme cases may require surgery. You will work with Dr. Estimé to find the perfect treatment plan for you.
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