Arthritis can make it hard to walk, open jars, or even get dressed without feeling the pain of stiff joints. Dr. Matthew Levin is a board-certified family physician with offices in Delmont and Greensburg, Pennsylvania who specializes in treating adults who suffer from arthritis pain. If arthritis pain is affecting the quality of your life, Dr. Levin invites you to call for an appointment or schedule one using the online booking tool.
Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the United States, today. It is not a single disease, but rather a term that encompasses more than 100 different types of joint pain and diseases. It can affect both males and females at any age, with more than 50 million adults and 300,000 children suffering from some kind of arthritis. It is most common in women as part of the aging process.
Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis. It is a degenerative disease that usually affects your knee joints, making it very painful to walk. Osteoarthritis causes the cartilage in your knees to break down, so your bones rub together without a “cushion.”
Wear and tear, age, injuries, and obesity may all be contributing factors to osteoarthritis.
The most common symptoms of arthritis involve painful joints. Other symptoms may include:
Arthritis symptoms come and go and often progress and get worse over time. Severe arthritis causes chronic pain, making it difficult to complete daily activities, walk, or get in and out of a car easily.
With osteoarthritis, as you get older, the cartilage around your joints deteriorates. You may experience the pain of bone-on-bone rubbing together as cartilage becomes damaged. In addition to extreme discomfort and pain, you may also lose range of motion in your joints. Extra weight on your knees, hips, feet, and spine may make your joints hurt even more.
Rheumatoid arthritis is different from osteoarthritis in that the cause is a problem with your body’s immune system. It attacks the lining of the joint capsule, a tough membrane that surrounds each joint, causing the synovial membranes to become swollen. Rheumatoid arthritis can become extremely debilitating, eventually destroying not only the cartilage around your joints but the bone inside as well.
Arthritis treatment depends on the type of arthritis you have. Dr. Levin performs a comprehensive evaluation of your arthritis symptoms and the severity of your condition, taking your medical and family history into consideration. He recommends a variety of therapies to help relieve your pain and make it easier and less painful for you to participate in daily activities.
Effective treatments may include:
If you’re experiencing joint pain, call or schedule an appointment with Dr. Levin online.