For people living with arthritis, finding lasting relief can feel like a full-time job. The problem is that what works for one person doesn’t always work for the next. And since the symptoms can sometimes mirror other conditions, it’s all too easily misdiagnosed.
The pain management experts at Pain Stop North Phoenix understand the unique challenges of arthritis. Since early intervention can make all the difference, here’s everything you need to know about early signs and symptoms.
What Are the Main Types of Arthritis?
Arthritis is generally broken down into two main categories:
Rheumatoid: This is an autoimmune disease that attacks joints, leaving serious pain and damage in its wake.
Osteoarthritis: OA, as it’s also called, is the most common type of arthritis. It’s a degenerative joint disease that worsens over time, which is why it’s best to take action as early as possible. According to the National Institutes of Health, roughly 27 million Americans suffer from OA.
What Are the Earliest Signs of Arthritis?
Rheumatoid: Early signs, according to the Arthritis Foundation, include:
- Tender joints, joint pain, swelling or stiffness that lasts for at least six weeks
- Stiff joints in the morning that persist for at least half an hour
- Tenderness in small joints like wrists, hands and feet
Osteoarthritis: Healthline reports these early symptoms of OA:
- Pain, achiness or tenderness, most commonly in the hips, knees, neck or back
- Joint stiffness and/or swelling
- Joints that crack or click
- Decreased range of motion
Potential Causes of Arthritis
Osteoarthritis is aptly referred to as “wear and tear” arthritis, since it gets worse as time goes on. This is why it tends to show up more during middle age than our younger years. Though, that’s not to say younger folks don’t get it. Athletes and those who are especially active are at higher risk.
The actual cause of rheumatoid arthritis remains unclear to experts. While the same generally goes for OA, the Arthritis Foundation does recognize some specific risk factors.
- In some cases, genetics seem to play a role
- Being overweight or obese
- Sustaining a joint injury
- Overdoing it with activities that wear joints out
How to Ease Arthritis Symptoms
Pain Stop North Phoenix offers a variety of innovative, forward-thinking arthritis treatments. Both chiropractic care and massage therapy are approaches that leverage the body’s natural ability to heal. Radiofrequency neuroablation is another popular option that uses electrical currents to stimulate damaged nerve tissue. This actually disrupts the pain signals between this area and the brain, which can be a game changer for arthritis sufferers.
For an in-and-out arthritis treatment, our pain management experts can also deliver in-office joint injections to improve pain and range of motion.
Regardless of where you are on your arthritis journey, Pain Stop North Phoenix specializes in creating customized, comprehensive treatment plans. Since no two cases are alike, we believe each path to recovery should also be individualized. Call 602-899-5107 to schedule a free consultation today.