There has been found to be 100 different types of arthritis. Symptoms of the disease can differ , but there are certain signs that point to the disease. Some of these signs can include:
Determining the exact cause of arthritis can be difficult, because often several factors contribute to an individual developing this common problem. Some of the risk factors can include, genetics, age, weight, previous injury, occupational hazards, some high-level sports, and illness or infection.
There is no one single treatment plan for a patient with arthritis. Our doctors will work to develop a management plan designed to minimize the patient’s specific pain and improve the function of their joints. A cornerstone of therapy for any form of arthritis is physical therapy and occupational therapy to maintain joint mobility and range of motion. The proper kind and amount of this therapy will vary depending upon the underlying cause and upon individual factors that your physician will discuss with you.
Many drugs are now used to treat the inflammation and pain associated with arthritis. Aspirin and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen, naproxen and dicolfenac (Voltaren), have immediate analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects and are relatively safe. Other treatment options can include injections into the affected joints with a corticosteroid, however this is only practical if only a few joints are involved. Speak to your healthcare provider to get additional information on the treatment options available to you.