Arthritis

Memorial Orthopaedic Surgical Group

located in Long Beach, CA

Arthritis is very common in the United States, affecting some 54 million people, and it’s a leading cause of disability. Identifying and treating arthritis early may improve your joint health and reduce your risk of complications. The orthopaedic experts at Memorial Orthopaedic Surgical Group in Long Beach, California, specialize in the diagnosis and management of arthritis and can provide the care you need. For a consultation, call the office today or request an appointment online.

Arthritis Q & A

What is arthritis?

Arthritis is a general medical term used to describe inflammation in the joint. In addition to inflammation, arthritis may also cause pain and reduce mobility and function of the joint, which tends to worsen as you get older.

Arthritis is very common and can be debilitating, keeping you from doing the things you enjoy. The experienced team at Memorial Orthopaedic Surgical Group recommends that you seek out help for your arthritis early to prevent long-term complications.

What are the types of arthritis?

Joint inflammation can develop from many causes, and there are more than 100 types of arthritis. Common types of arthritis include:

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis and develops over time as the cartilage in between your joints wears away, causing bone-on-bone contact, pain, and inflammation.

Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease where your immune system attacks the lining of your joints, leading to inflammation and pain. Without proper care, rheumatoid arthritis may lead to permanent damage and deformity of the joint.

Gout

Gout is a metabolic form of arthritis that develops due to a buildup of uric acid crystals in your joints. This type of arthritis most often affects the joint in your big toe and can be very painful.

Psoriatic arthritis

Psoriatic arthritis is also an autoimmune disease in which your immune system attacks the connective tissue that makes up your joints, including the cartilage, tendons, or ligaments.

Knowing the type of arthritis you have helps ensure you get the most effective treatment.

What are the treatments for arthritis?

Your orthopaedic specialist at Memorial Orthopaedic Surgical Group develops individualized treatment plans for the management of your arthritis. The goal of treatment is to reduce your pain, improve overall function and quality of life, and prevent deterioration of your joint.

Your treatment may include:

  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Disease-specific medication (to treat rheumatoid arthritis or gout)
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP)
  • Physical therapy

If you’re unable to get relief from your joint pain with conservative measures or your joint damage is severe, surgery to repair or replace the joint may be necessary.

Arthritis is common and early treatment may help reduce your need for more invasive treatment. For a consultation with an experienced team of orthopaedic experts, contact Memorial Orthopaedic Surgical Group by phone or online today.