Are you among the 20 million people that suffer from arthritis? There are many causes of arthritis, so it’s imperative to work with a doctor that will take the time to understand your health history, needs, and goals so that they can offer the best treatment option for you.
‘Arthritis’ means inflammation of a joint. Most people complain of this in the major load and stress-bearing joints of the body – knees, hips, toes, fingers, spine, shoulders – and attribute it to just “getting old.”
People with arthritis pain may think or are told they should stop doing activities that might damage the joint or cause additional “wear and tear.”
The reality is, movement is medicine. We often get old because we stop moving, not the other way around! Maintaining strength and mobility is absolutely essential as we get older, and any treatment should be directed at improving it over time.
There are many reasons why joint inflammation occurs, and it is important to understand these when choosing your treatment options.
The usual medical approach to any “-itis” is anti-inflammatory medication. Unfortunately, these cause even more serious problems like gastrointestinal bleeding and cardiovascular, kidney, and liver damage. Steroids are another common recommendation. They make you feel better by basically shutting down your immune system. They also actually cause soft tissue and joint degeneration with repetitive use.
We will work with you to find safe and effective ways to get you moving better and feeling better