The people with the highest risk for arthritis are:
The most threatening risk is the deformity of joints, which can limit movement and make it difficult to walk or even sit in a comfortable position.
There are 2 primary kinds of arthritis, each with unique contributing factors.
Osteoarthritis — the most common form of arthritis — is caused by wear and tear on the joints, resulting from either injury or years of use.
Rheumatoid arthritis — which is significantly less common — is caused by an autoimmune dysfunction that causes the body to initiate an attack on the membrane that lines the joint capsule.
A physical examination by a qualified health provider is the first step in diagnosing arthritis. Following the physical exam, the doctor may need to order further tests, including, blood tests and diagnostic imaging using X-Ray, CT scan, MRI, or ultrasound. With the information gathered an accurate diagnosis can be made.
There are a wide variety of treatments available for arthritis. Most patients are prescribed 1 or more of the following:
The best way to ensure the treatment is appropriate for the patient’s condition is to see a doctor who has years of experience in the treatment of arthritis, like the doctors at Austin Primary Care Physicians.