Arthritis

Restorative Spine & Joint -  - Regenerative Medicine Specialist

Arthritis is the leading cause of joint pain and dysfunction in the United States, affecting more than 50 million adults. To get relief from your arthritis symptoms, visit the team at Restorative Spine & Joint. Located in Santa Maria, California, providers at Restorative Spine & Joint have more than 15 years of experience providing natural and noninvasive solutions to arthritis pain to improve your quality of life. Learn about treatment options by calling the office or scheduling a visit online.

Arthritis Q & A

What is arthritis?

Arthritis is a general term for more than 100 conditions that cause joint pain and dysfunction. Other symptoms include redness, swelling, and stiffness in the involved joints. Arthritis can affect individual joints or joints throughout your body, including your knees, wrists, shoulders, spine, and feet.

What causes arthritis?

Arthritis has different types that are categorized based on the cause of your symptoms. Arthritis types include:

Degenerative arthritis

Degenerative arthritis — also called osteoarthritis — is the result of wear-and-tear that breaks down the cartilage and menisci in your joints. This is the most common types of arthritis.

Inflammatory arthritis

Inflammatory arthritis is caused by high levels of inflammation that attack your joints and destroy cartilage. Common types are rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis.

Infectious arthritis

Infectious arthritis occurs when a joint becomes infected. This causes severe joint destruction and deformity, and requires immediate medical care.

Metabolic arthritis

Metabolic arthritis is the result of metabolic deposits, mainly of calcium substances, into the joints. This is mostly caused by gout.

Different types of testing are used to diagnose the cause of your arthritis, including physical exams, X-rays, MRI, and bloodwork.

How is arthritis diagnosed?

To diagnose arthritis, the team begins with a consultation and exam to understand your symptoms, the function of your joints, and any associated trauma. During the exam, the team measures the range of motion of your joints and assesses the function of the surrounding muscles and nerves.

Specialized orthopedic tests are performed to determine the severity of dysfunction and the involvement of soft tissue structures, including menisci, cartilage, ligaments, and tendons. In some cases, the team may recommend X-rays or an MRI to determine the extent of joint damage.

Based on your exam and imaging, the team explains your diagnosis and treatment options to reduce your arthritis symptoms and associated joint dysfunction.

How is arthritis treated?

Treatment for arthritis depends on your diagnosis and the severity of your condition. In most cases, the team recommends conservative methods to manage pain and improve the function of your joints. Conservative methods include chiropractic care, rehab, and lifestyle strategies like losing weight or avoiding foods that cause flare-ups. Additionally, regenerative medicine is a powerful new treatment for arthritis that has shown dramatic results for many patients. Read more about this exciting new option for arthritis care in our regenerative medicine section.    

The team aims to help you avoid taking medications long-term or requiring an invasive joint replacement surgery and lengthy recovery process. Most conservative methods can improve your quality of life and improve the function of your joints without the need for other procedures or medications.

To schedule a consultation, contact Restorative Spine & Joint by phone or using the online tool.

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