Understanding Arthritis and Arthritis Treatment Options
May 25, 2018
What exactly is arthritis?
Put simply, arthritis is the inflammation of your joints. Arthritis affects more than 350 million people worldwide. The disease doesn’t discriminate: Men, women, and even children suffer from this debilitating disease.
Important statistics related to arthritis:
- One in four American adults suffer from arthritis (CDC).
- Almost half of all US adults, 65 or older, have been diagnosed with a form of arthritis (Arthritis.org).
- For women over 65, more than two in three may have arthritis (Arthritis.org).
Types of Arthritis and Their Causes
More than 100 different types of arthritis exist, but two types are most common: osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis, affecting more than 30 million Americans, according to the CDC. As we age, our chance for developing the disease increases.
OA is often referred to as the degenerative joint disease, considered the natural result of decades of the body’s “wear and tear.” It most often affects our hands, hips, and knees.
As the body ages, the cartilage and bones within our joints begin to weaken and break down. This often progresses over time, resulting in pain, stiffness, and swelling. In some cases, OA can lead to disability.
In contrast to osteoarthritis’s degenerative disease, rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune and inflammatory disease. This means the disease is caused by the body’s natural immune system attacking the healthy cells in your body by mistake. The result is inflammation, or swelling, in your joints.
RA primarily affects people’s hands, wrists, and knees. Overtime, RA can damage the joint tissue, causing long-term, chronic pain.
How to Treat Arthritis With PTCOA
While there is no perfect cure for arthritis, the CDC urges people to get early diagnosis and appropriate management.
At Pain Treatment Centers of America, our mission is to give our patients the treatments and procedures they need to get back in control of their lives.
To that end, we offer many minimally invasive pain treatment procedures to improve the lives of those suffering with arthritis.
Genicular (Knee Joint) Nerve Ablation
For those suffering from osteoarthritis, our Genicular Nerve Ablation technique can treat severe knee pain.
Radiofrequency Nerve Ablation
By targeting the facet joins on the outside of the spinal column, our Radiofrequency Nerve Ablation technique can help block those pain signals.
X-Ray Guided Major Joint Injection
For those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis, our X-Ray Guided Major Joint Injection can help relieve some of the pain and return patients back to a more active lifestyle.