Arthritis

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Back in Motion Integrated Medicine

Integrated Medicine & Chiropractors located in Hurst, TX

If you’re one of the 54 million adults diagnosed with arthritis, you know that it’s debilitating. But you don’t have to let arthritis continue to impair your quality of life. The team of dedicated professionals at Back in Motion Integrated Medicine in Hurst, Texas, provides excellent arthritis treatments that can help alleviate your symptoms. Schedule your appointment by phone or request one online and find relief today.

Arthritis Q & A

What is arthritis?

Arthritis is inflammation in the joints. There are over 100 different types of arthritis, all of which affect joints in slightly different ways, but most arthritis is due to an issue with the cartilage in your joints.

Cartilage is the connective tissue between your joints. It’s firm, yet flexible, and absorbs the impact that naturally happens when you move your joints or put stress on them. If the cartilage wears down, it leaves your bones to rub directly against one another, making your joints inflamed and leading to some kinds of arthritis.

What are the most common types of arthritis?

While there are many kinds of arthritis, these two are the most common: osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis develops from natural wear and tear in your joints. It can happen over many years, with the cartilage slowly wearing down, or it can result from an infection or injury to a joint.

Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) develops as a result of an autoimmune disorder. Your body’s immune system attacks your synovial membrane, a soft tissue in your joints that’s responsible for keeping your joints lubricated. This leaves your joint swollen and inflamed, and can eventually destroy the bone and cartilage. 

What are the symptoms of arthritis?

Arthritis can produce a number of uncomfortable symptoms in a joint, such as:

  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness
  • Decreased range of motion

Many people’s arthritis symptoms are worse in the morning. 

What increases my likelihood of developing arthritis?

You’re more likely to develop arthritis if you:

  • Have a family history of arthritis
  • Are older
  • Have injured your joint
  • Are overweight
  • Have a physically strenuous job

Women are more likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis, while men are more likely to develop gout, another type of arthritis.

How do you treat arthritis?

There’s no cure for arthritis, so the providers at Back in Motion Integrated Medicine focuses their treatments on alleviating your symptoms and helping you find relief from your pain. Some of the methods typically used to treat arthritis include:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Physical therapy
  • Chiropractic care
  • Menthol or capsaicin creams
  • Lifestyle changes, like weight loss and daily exercising

If you have rheumatoid arthritis, your doctor might also prescribe disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs to help suppress your immune system.

Find relief from your arthritis today by scheduling a visit with the team at Back in Motion Integrated Medicine. You can book your appointment by calling the office or using the online tool today.