What is Arthritis?
While arthritis is very common, it is a medical condition often misunderstood. Arthritis is not a single disease. Rather, it is an informal way of referring to joint pain or joint disease. More than 50 million people have some type of arthritis.
Causes of Arthritis
Arthritis is the result of the breakdown of cartilage tissue in a joint. An infection or injury can quicken the natural breakdown. An autoimmune disorder can also cause a form of arthritis known as rheumatoid arthritis.
Symptoms of Arthritis
Arthritis is pain or disease in the joint. Common symptoms include swelling, pain and decreased range in motion of the joint. Symptoms may be absent and suddenly present. They may be mild or severe. They may stay the same for years and suddenly worsen. More importantly, arthritis can disrupt a person’s normal routines in life.
Because there are more than a 100 types of arthritis, a diagnosis is necessary in order to develop a treatment plan. Our pain management doctors have the experience and expertise to properly diagnose and treat arthritis.
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