Arthritis Treatment in Santa Fe, TX
Arthritis is a condition where a joint or several joints become inflamed and painful due to a breakdown of cartilage. There are over 100 different types of arthritis. The most common varieties are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
If you are experiencing painful or inflamed joints, please call (281) 746-6682 or contact Dr. David Vanderweide online.
The Causes of Arthritis
Cartilage exists within your joints, which are the points in your body where two bones meet. The role of cartilage is to allow the joints to move smoothly while cushioning them against shock. When the cartilage breaks down, the bones begin to rub together. This causes them to become inflamed, leading to pain and stiffness.
There are several factors that could lead to a breakdown of cartilage in your joints. Here are a few examples:
- Autoimmune disease
The Signs of Arthritis
Aches and soreness are normal at any stage of life, but there are several key factors that can indicate arthritis:
- Joint pain
- Joint swelling
- Redness of the skin in the joint area
- Warmness in the joint
- Limited range of motion in the joint
If you have been experiencing any of these symptoms, please call (281) 746-6682 or contact Dr. David Vanderweide online.
Diagnosing and Treating Arthritis
During your first visit your doctor will likely begin with a physical examination to inspect your joints for signs of fluid retention or tenderness. A test of your movements will also be performed to identify if there is a restricted range of motion.
Your doctor may administer some form of internal imaging such as an x-ray. A blood test could be performed to search for any infections that may be contributing to the condition. In some cases, a sample of joint fluid will also be taken for analysis.
Unfortunately, in most arthritis cases the cause cannot be cured. There is no way to naturally rebuild cartilage that has been lost, and surgery can only artificially achieve this. That being said, your doctor may help reduce the pain you experience while also improving your flexibility and range of motion.
Some of the techniques than can reduce your arthritis pain include:
- Diet plans that can lower your weight and take pressure off your joints
- Fitness plans that make the tissues surrounding your joints stronger and suppler
- Medications that limit your pain and reduce inflammation
- Osteopathic manipulation
- Platelet-rich plasma therapy
- Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
- Water therapy
Living a Pain-Free Life
The goal of treatment is to alleviate your discomfort and allow you to enjoy your life unhindered by arthritis pain. With a well-rounded plan, your doctor can help restore your range of motion and improve your overall health. Please call (281) 746-6682 or contact Dr. David Vanderweide online.
David G. Vanderweide MD, PA
Address333 N Texas Ave
Webster, TX 77598