Exceptional Treatment for Arthritis in Visalia, CA
Arthritis is a common condition that causes pain and inflammation in your joints. Your joints are areas where two bones meet. A swollen joint may become severely damaged over time. Let the orthopedic surgeons, who partner with Kaweah Delta, provide you with comprehensive treatment for arthritis.
Before you can identify the type of arthritis you are suffering from, it’s important that you are able to identify the symptoms that indicate you may have this disease. You may be suffering from arthritis if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- Weight loss
- Joint pain
- Rash or reddening of skin
- Decreased range of motion
- Joint stiffness
Visit your orthopedic surgeon if these symptoms persist, as they could be signs of arthritis or another serious medical condition.
Types of Arthritis
There are two main types of arthritis. These types of arthritis cause joint damage in different ways.
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory disease that causes the body’s immune system to attack its own tissue — the lining of the joint capsule. RA is commonly thought of as hand arthritis but it may affect other areas of the body. Rheumatoid arthritis can cause joint erosion and deformity.
Risk factors for RA include:
Gender. Women are more likely to develop RA than men.
Age. The disease most commonly affects people between ages 40 and 60.
Family History. If someone in your family has rheumatoid arthritis, you may be at a higher risk to develop the disease.
Smoking. If you have a genetic predisposition to rheumatoid arthritis, smoking can greatly increase your chances of developing it.
Obesity. Women diagnosed with obesity at 55 or younger are at higher risk for developing RA.
RA increases your risk of developing the following:
- Lung disease
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Heart conditions
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. It breaks down the cartilage in your joints and causes pain, swelling and reduced range of motion. Cartilage is the tissue that caps the ends of bones in a joint. Healthy cartilage absorbs shock movement and allows bones to glide over each other comfortably. Osteoarthritis is most commonly found in older people.
Risk factors for developing osteoarthritis include:
- Genetic defect in joint cartilage
- Visibly misshaped joints
- Joint injury
- Medical history
Common symptoms of osteoarthritis include:
- Crunching sensation
- Sound of bone rubbing bone
- Stiff joints after prolonged sitting
Comprehensive Treatment at Kaweah Delta
Local orthopedic surgeons offer various types of arthritis treatment. Your physician may treat you with biologic response modifiers, corticosteroids or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. A physician may also recommend physical therapy to help improve your range of motion and strengthen muscles and surrounding joints.
Schedule a consultation with your primary care doctor or click HERE for a list of specialists in your area.
In Visalia, Kaweah Delta and local orthopedic surgeons partner to provide arthritis treatment for patients from Visalia, Hanford, Tulare, Porterville, Fresno, Bakersfield and surrounding areas.