Arthritis affects more than 50 million adults and 300,000 children in the United States. It’s also the leading cause of disability in adults, which is why it’s important to get early treatment from the experienced team at MidJersey Orthopaedics. They dedicate themselves to keeping you healthy and active using a variety of treatments, from physical therapy and injection therapy to joint replacement surgery. To get expert help for arthritis, call the office in Flemington, Bridgewater or Washington, New Jersey, or book an appointment online.
Arthritis isn’t a single health condition, but a term describing many conditions that share at least one similar symptom: joint inflammation. The two most common types of arthritis are:
The goal of your treatment is to relieve your pain, maintain or improve joint movement, increase your strength, and reduce the effect of the disease.
Following a regular exercise program, and losing weight, if needed, are two of the most important and effective ways to meet these goals. Your MidJersey Orthopaedics physician may give you specific exercises to perform or recommend that you see a physical therapist.
While it’s essential to keep moving, you also need guidance about when you should rest, so you prevent disease flare-ups. Acupuncture can also help reduce the pain and inflammation of arthritis.
Your physician may also recommend medications to relieve your pain and reduce inflammation. If you have rheumatoid arthritis, one of the innovative disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) can keep your disease in remission and prevent ongoing joint damage.
Glucosamine and chondroitin supplements may help relieve pain and improve joint flexibility. Injection therapy that’s delivered directly into the joint helps many patients. You may benefit from:
When you can’t get relief from your pain, and you struggle to keep moving, you may need to consider joint replacement surgery. The team at MidJersey Orthopaedics has extensive experience performing partial and complete joint replacements.
If you have painful, stiff joints from arthritis, call MidJersey Orthopaedics, or book an appointment online.