Fifty-four million American adults have arthritis, making this degenerative joint disease the leading cause of disability in the country. When the pain and swelling of arthritic joints affect the quality of your life, Abdul Qadir, MD, a board-certified anesthesiologist and pain management specialist of Regional Pain Care, in Pleasantville, New Jersey, offers nonsurgical relief. Learn how to manage arthritis pain so you can focus on living your life rather than on getting through the day with debilitating pain. To schedule a comprehensive consultation, call the office today.
There are over 100 different types of arthritis, each with different causes. The two most common forms are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis:
With osteoarthritis, you may experience joint pain as a result of damage to the cartilage in your joint. In many cases, the normal wear and tear on your joints over the years leads to gradual deterioration.
Osteoarthritis is very common in your knees since they carry around your body weight and the cartilage surrounding the joints acts as a shock absorber. As this cartilage breaks down with age, you may eventually feel the pain of bone on bone.
The cause of rheumatoid arthritis stems from your body’s immune system. Your body attacks the lining of your joints, the synovial membrane, causing it to become swollen and inflamed. Over time, rheumatoid arthritis can progress to the point of destroying cartilage and the bone within the affected joints.
The exact cause of rheumatoid arthritis isn’t known, but certain risk factors may contribute to this painful, debilitating disease.
The most common symptoms of arthritis include:
Arthritis symptoms may affect your ability to walk without pain, button your shirt, or perform other everyday tasks. Stiffness and swelling in your joints are often worse in the morning. If you have rheumatoid arthritis, you may feel fatigued or have a decrease in appetite due to the effects on your immune system.
Treating your arthritis symptoms depends on the underlying causes, and Dr. Qadir focuses on relieving the general pain and joint pain that’s preventing you from living life to the fullest. He takes a comprehensive medical management approach to your arthritis, which may include medications to reduce swelling and inflammation, injection therapy, and physical therapy.
Additionally, Dr. Qadir is board-certified in medical acupuncture. Acupuncture can help you get relief from some types of arthritis pain. Ultimately, Dr. Qadir and the team at Regional Pain Care find the most all-inclusive methods for relieving arthritis pain and joint stiffness to minimize symptoms and help you regain mobility.
For a personalized, complete arthritis treatment plan, schedule a consultation today.