Doctors have diagnosed arthritis in 25% of all adults in the United States. Fortunately, the compassionate doctors at Rincon Pain and Spine in Tucson, Arizona, offer comprehensive arthritis management that reduces your pain, helps you stay active, and supports your quality of life if you're living with arthritis. If you’re ready for all-encompassing care that uses multiple types of treatment to support your health, call one of the offices in east or northwest Tucson, or you can request an appointment online.
Arthritis refers to inflammation in a joint — a definition that’s broad enough to include well over 100 different types of arthritis. However, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are the most common, and they represent a majority of people diagnosed with arthritis.
Osteoarthritis develops over the years as normal wear and tear breaks down cartilage, which covers the ends of the bones inside the joint. As cartilage wears away, the bones rub together, and you develop arthritis. Osteoarthritis can affect any joint, but it most often appears in your knees, hips, feet, and hands.
As an autoimmune condition, rheumatoid arthritis develops when your immune system attacks the soft tissues lining the joint and causes inflammation. Without treatment, chronic inflammation erodes the bones and causes a joint deformity.
Rheumatoid arthritis typically begins in small joints like your fingers, and then spreads to larger joints. You’ll also develop rheumatoid arthritis in the same joint on both sides of your body.
Arthritis causes the following classic symptoms:
You may experience a grinding sensation or clicking sounds when you bend an arthritic joint. Inflammation develops over time in patients with osteoarthritis. By comparison, inflammation is the first and primary problem caused by rheumatoid arthritis.
Inflammation that starts in a joint due to rheumatoid arthritis can spread to other areas of your body. As a result, about 40% of patients develop symptoms affecting their skin, eyes, lungs, muscles, heart, and other parts of their body.
The exceptional team at Rincon Pain and Spine provides multiple types of care for arthritis, customizing your care to meet your unique needs. Your treatment may include one or more therapies, such as:
PRP is a regenerative therapy that extracts platelets from a sample of your blood, then injects a concentrated amount into the arthritic joint. Shortly after they’re injected, the platelets release many types of growth factors — specialized proteins that activate healing, regulate inflammation, and may stimulate cartilage regeneration.
If you have arthritis and need expert treatment, call Rincon Pain and Spine or request an appointment online today.