Overview of Arthritis

Arthritis is inflammation and swelling that occurs within the joints caused by the absence of normal cartilage. Much like tread on your car tires, cartilage between joints can wear down to eventually cause bone-on-bone contact.

The main symptoms of arthritis are joint pain and stiffness, which typically worsen with age. The most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Treatments vary depending on the type of arthritis. The main goal of arthritis treatments is to reduce symptoms and improve quality of life.



The most common signs of arthritis involve your joints. While symptoms depend on the type of arthritis, signs may include pain, stiffness, swelling, redness and decreased range of motion.


Who Is Most At Risk?

Degenerative arthritis is simply caused by wear-and-tear in the joints. The most common avoidable risk factor is body weight. Did you know? For every extra pound you gain, you add four pounds of extra pressure on your knee (and even more on your hip) just when walking. While anyone can contract arthritis, it can also be genetically linked.


What Preventative Measures Can I Take To Reduce My Risk?

Maintaining an active lifestyle, controlling weight and staying in optimal health can not only slow arthritis progression, it can also help treat the discomfort and disability that comes with arthritis.


Can I Relieve My Arthritis Pain At Home?

Ice can help decrease inflammation and heat can soothe sore muscles around your joints. Even compression sleeves, such as a semi-tight knee brace, can lead to significant improvement in pain from arthritis. Over-the-counter medications, such as anti-inflammatories and topical ointments can also provide relief. Of course, check with your doctor before starting any new medicines or treatment programs.


What Are Arthritis Treatment Options Offered At Bone and Joint Institute?

When arthritis pain intensifies or becomes unmanageable, the Bone and Joint Institute is ready to help. All treatments for arthritis must be customized to each patient and can include injections, structured physical therapy or a customized brace. And, if the time is right for you, our team of skilled surgeons are able to have you feeling better in no time. To schedule an appointment, click here. 

Resources From Our Team

Read Up On Arthritis

Nicole Jack On Easing Pain and Limitations of Arthritis
Treating CMC Arthritis with Dr. Todd Wurth
Facebook Live Transcript: Dr. Jeffrey Kutsikovich on Hand Arthritis
Facebook Live Transcript: Dr. Todd Wurth and Laura Davis on CMC Arthritis

Time For An Appointment?

As Dr. Todd Wurth says, "When it gets to the point where your arthritis is keeping you from doing the things you want to do or need to do in your life, then I’d think about getting it done." If it's reached that point, make an appointment to come see a member of our team ...
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