Orthopaedic Institute of Henderson
Orthopedic Surgery, Arthroscopy, & Sports Medicine located in Henderson, NV
If you’re among the 54.4 million American adults living with chronic joint pain from arthritis, the Orthopaedic Institute of Henderson can help. Their team provides effective treatments for arthritis at Orthopaedic Institute of Henderson in Henderson, Nevada. To find out how you can live a healthy and active life with arthritis, call the office or request an appointment online today.
Arthritis Q & A
What is arthritis?
Arthritis is a term that describes more than 100 conditions that cause inflammation and tenderness in one or more of your joints. The most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis, which affects more than 30 million adults in the United States.
Also called degenerative joint disease, osteoarthritis occurs when the slippery cartilage that allows your bones to glide over one another in a joint wears down. Osteoarthritis develops slowly and worsens over time, eventually leading to bone grinding against bone.
Other common types of arthritis include:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
Arthritis can affect any joint in your body, but osteoarthritis most often occurs in weight-bearing joints, such as your knees and hips.
What are the symptoms of arthritis?
Arthritis symptoms vary depending on the type of disease you have and the joints affected. Common symptoms of arthritis include:
- Joint pain or tenderness
- Decreased range of motion
Arthritis of the knee may cause knee pain and difficulty walking, while arthritis of the shoulder causes shoulder pain that may limit your ability to reach over your head.
Who is at risk for arthritis?
Some risk factors for arthritis are beyond your control. For example, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout become more prevalent with increasing age. Other factors that increase your risk for arthritis include:
- Previous joint injuries
- Family history of arthritis
Jobs that require repetitive movements may also increase your risk for osteoarthritis.
How is arthritis diagnosed and treated?
Your Orthopaedic Institute of Henderson provider begins by performing a physical exam, reviewing your symptoms and medical history, and ordering any requisite imaging tests such as X-rays.
Then, your Orthopaedic Institute of Henderson provider recommends the best course of treatment for your specific needs. Depending on the type and severity of your arthritis, treatment may include:
- Therapeutic injections
- Physical therapy
- Joint preservation
- Joint replacement
Arthritis is a chronic condition, but joint injections may provide a period of extended relief from painful inflammation without relying on oral pain-relieving medications.
For comprehensive arthritis care, call the Orthopaedic Institute of Henderson or book an appointment online today.
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