Stiff and painful joints can make it challenging to cook, clean, work, or enjoy your favorite activities. With arthritis treatment from John Huffman, MD, at Interventional Pain and Regenerative Medicine Specialists in Arlington, Virginia, you can improve your mobility and slow the progression of your arthritis. To determine if you have arthritis and how to treat it, call Interventional Pain and Regenerative Medicine Specialists, or book an appointment online today.
Arthritis is a group of conditions causing your joints to become inflamed. Over time, arthritis can cause pain and stiffness as your joints wear down. In most cases, arthritis develops slowly and worsens over time. However, it is possible to experience a sudden onset of symptoms. They can even come and go with periods of remission.
At Interventional Pain and Regenerative Medicine Specialists, Dr. Huffman uses advanced diagnostic services like blood tests and imaging scans to determine which type of arthritis you have. Then, he helps you manage your arthritis to maintain your mobility for as long as possible. With an effective treatment plan, you can reduce your symptoms and continue living a productive, fulfilling life.
There are over 100 documented types of arthritis, all of which fit into four different categories with various causes:
While all forms of arthritis cause inflammation, inflammatory arthritis develops when your immune system attacks your joints as if they were invading your body and making you sick. This immune response causes intense inflammation and can lead to joint erosion over time.
Degenerative forms of arthritis, like osteoarthritis, cause the cartilage in your joints to wear down over time. Getting regular physical activity and maintaining a healthy weight can prevent degenerative arthritis or slow its progression.
Infectious arthritis comes from a viral, bacterial, or fungal infection. Often, antibiotics can clear the infection and ease your arthritic symptoms permanently. However, ongoing treatment may be necessary if there is already lasting damage from the infection.
Metabolic arthritis develops because of metabolic processes in your body. Specifically, forms of metabolic arthritis like gout develop when your body breaks down purines into uric acid. When uric acid builds up into crystals around your joints, it can result in painful flare-ups with intense, sharp pain.
Dr. Huffman develops your personalized arthritis treatment plan according to the type of arthritis and the characteristics of your symptoms. Your personalized arthritis treatment plan may include a combination of lifestyle changes and therapies, including:
In some cases, Dr. Huffman might recommend a joint replacement for your hips or knees or joint fusion surgery for smaller joints, like your fingers or wrists. He typically only recommends surgery if other strategies are unsuccessful, and your arthritis is acute.
Schedule an appointment by phone or online today at Interventional Pain and Regenerative Medicine Specialists to learn more about arthritis and the treatments available.