Do you have trouble moving around? Do you feel pain constant pain and stiffness through out your joints? You may be suffering from arthritis. Arthritis causes inflammation and swelling in the joints of the body. The swollen joints can suffer from serve damage over time if not properly treated.
A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has stated that about 1 in every 5 American adults has doctor-diagnosed arthritis and that number is expected to increase over the coming years.
The main symptoms of arthritis are joint pain and stiffness. These symptoms will get worse with age. The most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis is mainly caused by day-to-day wear and tear on the joints. On the other hand, rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder. Aside from the two main forms of arthritis, other types of arthritis can also be formed due to uric acid crystals, infections or even diseases, such as psoriasis or lupus.
The most common symptoms of arthritis occur in the proximity around the joints.
What Causes Arthritis?
To understand how arthritis is caused we must first understand how the body and joints move. Ligaments hold our bones together. These ligaments act like elastic bands, while keeping the bones in place. Muscles relax or contract to make the joint move. Cartilage covers the bone’s surface to stop bones from rubbing directly against each other. The covering of cartilage allows the joint to work smoothly and painlessly. Arthritis is caused by the wear-and-tear damage to your joint’s cartilage — the hard, slick coating on the ends of bones. Enough damage can result in bone grinding directly on bone, which causes pain and restricted movement. This wear and tear can occur over many years, or it can be hastened by a joint injury or infection. The pain and stiffness in joints is a result of arthritis.
At Health Star Clinic we determine the factors of your arthritis condition and create a personalized treatment program to help relieve your pain while working with you to regain mobility and flexibility in joints. Sufferers of arthritis conditions often avoid joint movement because of the pain during motion. At Health Star Clinic we will work with you to reduce joint stiffness without damaging the joint. We provide treatments to help you develop the strength to perform daily activities without pain.
Arthritis patients who are physically active generally enjoy better health, are happier, live longer, and experience day-to-day improvements in sleep, pain associated with movement, daily functioning, and energy levels.
If you are suffering from arthritis pain and are unsure of what to do, give us a call. We are here to help. We will set up an initial consultation to help identify your pain and begin treatment to help you gain pain relief.