More than 54 million people across the United States suffer from some form of arthritis, often causing considerable pain and leaving them incapacitated. Dev Sen, MD, of Prime Regenerative and Pain Management, serving the populations of Stafford, Fredericksburg, and Woodbridge, Virginia, is an experienced specialist in pain management and musculoskeletal disorders and can offer effective treatment options for patients with arthritis. Call Dr. Sen today, or book an appointment online.
Arthritis is a collective term for over a hundred different diseases, all of which involve damage to the joints. The two most common forms are:
Osteoarthritis develops as a result of erosion of the cartilage in your joints. Cartilage enables bones to slide comfortably against each other, and if it erodes, the exposed ends of the bones rub directly against each other, causing pain and inflammation. Although typically found amongst the older population, it isn’t exclusively a disease of the elderly so you could develop osteoarthritis at an earlier stage of life.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder rather than being due to wear and tear as is the case with osteoarthritis. Autoimmune disorders develop when your immune system malfunctions and starts attacking the body it’s designed to protect.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory process resulting from an autoimmune response that damages the synovial lining of your joints, causing pain and disability. The aging process doesn't cause rheumatoid arthritis, so children and young people may suffer from the disease.
Any joint can develop a form of arthritis, but it is commonly seen in the following joints:
Certain symptoms may be specific to a particular form of arthritis, but the symptom that’s common in all kinds of arthritis is pain in the joints. The pain is often constant and may worsen as barometric pressure changes, which is why people often say they can tell there’s rain on the way.
Your joints may throb, feel hot, and swell up, and as time goes by the effects of arthritis cause joints to twist, bend, and look lumpy. You may notice you can’t grip as well as you used to, that you have problems with your dexterity, and simple tasks such as unscrewing jar lids become impossible.
Arthritis is currently incurable, but there are ways you can help yourself manage your arthritis, and Dr. Sen provides some exciting and innovative treatments for people with arthritis. Lifestyle changes can make a significant difference to the symptoms of arthritis, so don’t underestimate the power of a nutritious diet, being well-rested and relaxed, and staying active.
The standard treatment approach for arthritis includes using pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory medications, which can be helpful in easing symptoms. The problem is that these drugs don’t address the root cause of the pain or heal damaged tissues, so they aren’t a cure for arthritic pain.
Dr. Sen offers a combination of proven treatment options and new approaches to managing arthritis, including:
Find out how these treatments can ease the symptoms of your arthritis by calling Prime Regenerative and Pain Management today, or booking an appointment online.