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Understanding Arthritis & Osteoarthritis: Symptoms, Causes & Treatment

If you suffer from back, neck, or joint pain, there is a chance that you may be affected by arthritis or osteoarthritis. These conditions are very common and can be extremely debilitating, especially if left untreated. In this blog post, we will discuss arthritis and osteoarthritis, their symptoms, causes, and treatment options.

Arthritis is a condition that causes inflammation and deterioration of the joints, which can result in pain, stiffness, and swelling. It is a general term that includes over 100 different types of joint diseases. The most commonly known types are rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.

Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis, and it is caused by wear and tear on the joints over time. It occurs when the cartilage cushioning the bones in the joints begins to break down, and the bones start rubbing against each other, causing pain and stiffness. It often affects the weight-bearing joints like the knees, hips, and spine, but can also occur in fingers, wrists, and ankles.

The symptoms of osteoarthritis usually develop gradually over months or years. The most common symptoms include persistent joint pain, stiffness, swelling, tenderness, and a loss of flexibility in the affected joints. You may also notice a grating sensation in the joints when you move them.

The causes of arthritis and osteoarthritis are not entirely clear, but they are believed to be related to a combination of genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors. Some of the risk factors associated with these conditions include age, obesity, joint injuries, infections, and certain occupations that involve repetitive stress on joints.

There are several treatment options available for arthritis and osteoarthritis, depending on the severity of the symptoms and other factors. Some of these treatments include medications, physical therapy, exercise, weight management, and joint replacement surgery. It is essential to consult with a physician to determine the most appropriate treatment approach for your individual situation.

At Cherry Health Center we treat osteoarthritis and have helped thousands of people continue living their lives with less pain, despite having osteoarthritis. We have doctors of medicine, chiropractic, and physical therapy working together on each patient to prescribe a custom personalized noninvasive treatment plan. No pills, no surgery, just relief.

Arthritis and osteoarthritis are common conditions that can cause significant pain and discomfort. While their causes are not entirely understood, effective treatments are available, and early intervention can help prevent further joint damage. If you experience persistent joint pain or stiffness, seek medical attention immediately. Your doctor can evaluate your symptoms, diagnose the condition, and recommend the most appropriate treatment options tailored to your needs. With timely and appropriate care, you can manage your arthritis or osteoarthritis effectively and regain your quality of life.

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