Degenerative arthritis, such as osteoarthritis, occurs from wear and tear. It’s the most common type of arthritis and usually happens as you age. Inflammatory arthritis results when your immune system attacks your joints, such as with rheumatoid or psoriatic arthritis. Infectious arthritis occurs as the result of a bacterial or viral infection, such as salmonella or shigella. Metabolic arthritis results from a buildup of uric acid in the body and manifests as gout. Pure Medicine helps you determine which form of arthritis you have and how to proceed with treatment.
The causes of most types of arthritis are largely unknown, but genetics and lifestyle behaviors are believed to play a role.
Most types of arthritis include symptoms such as pain, swelling, stiffness, and limited range of motion in your joints. Your joints are places where two bones come together, such as at your knee or shoulder. Dr. Pastorek at Pure Medicine runs tests to help determine the type of arthritis and then devise a complete treatment plan. Evaluation includes blood tests and imaging scans, as well as a detailed analysis of your personal health history.
Dr. Pastorek recommends lifestyle measures, such as weight management and hot and cold therapy, to help arthritis. Depending on the severity and type of arthritis, you might be prescribed certain medications and provided with long-term management strategies.
While some stiffness is a normal part of the aging process, you should never ignore joint pain. Consult Pure Medicine’s staff to get a diagnosis as early as possible, because certain types of arthritis lead to permanent joint damage and even affect your internal organs. Even osteoarthritis is manageable so that you enjoy a high quality of life and maximum mobility.
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