Although there are more than 100 different types of arthritis, most people
with this chronic inflammatory disease have rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis.
Psoriatic arthritis, fibromyalgia, and gout are other common forms of
arthritis. The symptoms of arthritis can be debilitating and may reduce
your quality of life, but it is possible to live life well despite your
orthopedics team at Westside Regional Medical Center can help.
Discussing Your Medication Options
Your orthopedic care specialist may recommend medications, such as over-the-counter
or prescription analgesics, biologics, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory
drugs (NSAIDs), or corticosteroids. Before taking any medications, it’s
advisable for patients to be fully informed of the potential risks. Some
medications, such as corticosteroids, are usually intended for short-term
treatment because of the risks associated with long-term use. Your doctor
may need to change your medication regimen a few times before finding the
right type and dosage of drugs that work for you.
Managing Your Pain
Medications aren’t the only way to manage your arthritis symptoms.
Your doctor may recommend applying ice or heat therapy to the painful
joints. Some patients may be good candidates for transcutaneous electrical
nerve stimulation (TENS), which feels similar to a massage delivered via
electric current. Other arthritis patients find relief with trigger point
injections or hyaluronic acid injections.
Enjoying a Healthy, Active Lifestyle
Many people with arthritis experience fatigue and it can be difficult to
move around with painful joints. However, enjoying gentle exercise on
a regular basis may improve your arthritis symptoms. Your doctor may refer
you to a physical therapist. Physical therapists often work with patients
with arthritis who need guidance in regaining mobility and exercising
safely. It’s also advisable to follow a well-balanced diet. While
certain foods cannot “cure” arthritis, eating a healthy meal
plan can help you maintain a normal weight, which will reduce stress on
your weight-bearing joints.
The Orthopedic & Spine Institute at Westside Regional Medical Center
offers world-class care for patients with arthritis and other musculoskeletal
conditions. Our orthopedics team provides a continuum of care, including
non-surgical treatment options, joint replacement surgery and rehabilitation
therapy. Call (954) 722-9933 to request a referral to our Orthopedic &
Spine Institute in Plantation, FL.