Arthritis is a common condition that causes inflammation and pain to one or more joints in the body.Arthritis is a degenerative disease that typically affects older patients because it results from the body’s natural breakdown of cartilage tissue. While natural wear and tear from aging is the most common cause of arthritis, there are many different conditions and ailments that can lead to this disease. For example, an injury, abnormal metabolism, infection, underlying condition, or immune system dysfunction can all cause arthritis if poorly treated.
The two most common types of arthritis include osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Each of these diseases damage joints in unique ways. Osteoarthritis is most commonly experienced by arthritis patients. This type of arthritis is caused by natural degradation of a joint's cartilage. Once joint cartilage is worn to the point that bones are no longer cushioned against one another, patients will experience pain, inflammation and restricted movement that can rapidly decrease quality of life. Rheumatoid arthritis appears when the body’s immune system attacks itself, affecting the membrane that encloses the components of a joint system and causing inflammation along with cartilage and bone damage. Rheumatoid arthritis is impacted by family history, increased age, sex, weight, and prior injury.
Depending on the patient, signs and symptoms of arthritis their specific disease may include increased pain in the affected joint(s), stiffness, swelling, redness, and a decreased range of motion. At AFC Physical Medicine & Chiropractic Centers, our team may recommend a number of treatments to combat arthritis pain, some of which may include physical therapy, weight loss, chiropractic care, and more.