What is Arthritis?
Diagnosing and Treating Arthritis related Joint Pain and Disease
Many of the patients I see suffer from arthritis. The pain and joint impact ranges from minimal to debilitating.
Below are the latest arthritis facts. Arthritis is a joint disorder with approximately 100 different diseases that fall under the arthritis classification.
The three most common forms of arthritis are:
For the most part arthritis either attacks or develops in the bone joints causing the destruction of cartilage. Cartilage protects the bone and allows for pain-free movement and flexibility. Once cartilage is injured or destroyed it does not have the ability to heal or regenerate. Researchers are unsure exactly why cartilage does not tend to heal but here are a few reasons:
- cartilage does not contain blood vessels, and circulation is needed for the healing process
- the fluid that surrounds cartilage may be stopping the healing
There are numerous treatments plan for arthritis that depend on factors such as age, the type of arthritis, stage of the disease, previous treatment and level of daily activity desired.
In some cases regular exercise and medication (analgesics and anti-inflammatories) give complete relief. Lifestyle changes are also options, such as, weight loss or a change in exercise habits. As the arthritis progresses other treatment regimens and protocols are more beneficial.
We always look to the least invasive treatment possible for our patients but if pain becomes debilitating, joint replacement surgery may be recommended to improve the quality of life.
Have you been told you need your hip, shoulder or knee replaced or are you considering joint replacement?
Dr. Stephen R Davenport is an experienced and seasoned joint replacement expert and one of the few Orthopedic Surgeons in Oklahoma who has completed an additional training Fellowship in joint replacement.
He receives numerous referrals from other physicians, is a sought after joint replacement specialist and has performed many thousands joint replacements over the course of his career.
Call us at 580-353-8600 to schedule an appointment.
904 SW 38th Street, Lawton, OK, 73505 Directions
Adapted from the following sources Arthritis Foundation, Wikipedia, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.