Overview – Arthritis Pain
Are you looking for arthritis pain relief? Millions of people experience arthritis pain symptoms every day, but the pain doesn’t have to control your life. Our experienced team understands that flare-ups can happen at any time and can affect your sleep, mobility, and ability to complete everyday tasks. If you’re experiencing arthritis pain in your hands, wrists, knees, hips, ankles, or spine, visit iCare ER & Urgent Care in Frisco or Fort Worth, TX.
What is Arthritis
Arthritis is a chronic condition that affects millions of people worldwide. It is a collection of more than 100 different diseases that cause muscle and bone pain, most commonly from the wearing down of the cartilage that protects the ends of bones. The symptoms of arthritis vary depending on the type and severity of the condition, but common symptoms include stiffness, pain, and swelling in the joints, as well as limited mobility and fatigue.
Types of Arthritis
There are many different types of arthritis, with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis being the most common. Osteoarthritis often develops in the spine, hips, or knees with age and can cause pain, stiffness, and loss of flexibility. Rheumatoid arthritis, on the other hand, is an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation in the joints, leading to swelling, pain, and joint deterioration, often found in the hands and feet. Other types of arthritis include psoriatic arthritis, gout, lupus, and ankylosing spondylitis, among others.
What Causes Arthritis: Risk Factors for Arthritis
While the exact cause of arthritis is still unknown, many risk factors have been identified. Age is the leading cause of arthritis, as the cartilage surrounding our joints naturally deteriorates as we get older. Women are also more likely to have arthritis than men. Additionally, obesity and lifestyle factors can lead to many types of arthritis. Obesity can add stress to the joints, increasing the deterioration of the cartilage and lining. Arthritis can also result from injury or overuse of joints from playing sports or a job that requires heavy lifting and repetitive movement.
What to Expect – Arthritis Pain Treatment
When you come into the iCare, our skilled healthcare team will begin with a medical history interview and a physical exam. To get a better understanding of your arthritis, you will be asked about the severity of your pain and other symptoms, the physician may conduct blood and laboratory tests in our onsite laboratory. Depending on the severity, arthritis pain treatment may include prescription medication, over-the-counter pain relievers, or a steroid injection. Additionally, our physicians will oftentimes provide you with instructions on how to lessen your pain in day-to-day activities with at-home exercises and pain management relief recommendations or referrals.
Our urgent care is open daily from 7am-8pm. Visit an iCare location near you.