Arthritis is joint inflammation in and around your body’s joints or the points at which two or more bones meet. While inflammation is a natural response to disease or injury, it also causes pain, stiffness, and swelling, as well as loss of movement. The different types of arthritis include:
Regardless of which type of arthritis you have, the pain varies based on the amount of damage and swelling taking place within your joints. The inflammation of the tissues that line your joints, tendons, and ligaments, as well as any related muscle strain and fatigue also contribute to the amount of pain you suffer.
While the causes of most types of arthritis are unknown, scientists believe three significant factors play a role:
Besides the above causes, several risk factors increase your chances of developing arthritis, including:
To determine if arthritis is the cause of your pain, the medical staff at Artemis Health does digital imaging.
Regardless of the type or cause, there is no cure for arthritis. Therefore, treatment focuses on relieving your symptoms and improving the function of your joints. Treatment options usually include the use of medication, exercise, heat or ice, and joint protection.
While most treatment begins with over-the-counter medicines, should you need a prescription or IV medication, it is available at Artemis Health.
To get help improving your arthritis symptoms, call, click, or head over to Artemis Health in Santa Monica and Torrance, CA.