We have arthritis treatment options at our San Diego location. There are over 100 different types of arthritis, but all relate to the informal way to refer to joint pain or joint disease. It is the most common among women and occurs more frequently as people get older. Arthritis can cause permanent joint changes. These changes may be visible, such as knobby finger joints, but often the damage can only be seen on X-ray. Some types of arthritis also affect the heart, eyes, lungs, kidneys and skin as well as the joints.
There is no single cause for arthritis, and each type of arthritis can stem for numerous causes. Some of the common causes include joint injury/damage, causing degenerative arthritis, abnormal metabolism, inheritance, infection and immune system dysfunction. Most types of arthritis are caused by a combination of many factors working together, although some arthritis conditions have no obvious cause and appear to be unpredictable in their emergence.
Similar to the causes of arthritis, the pattern and areas of symptoms of arthritis can also vary depending on the type. These symptoms can develop gradually over time or occur suddenly. These symptoms can persist over time, or come in go in waves. The four biggest and most common symptoms are: pain, swelling, stiffness and difficulty moving a joint.
Whether you have a non-inflammatory or inflammatory type of arthritis or even a painful case of gout, there are numerous medications to relieve pain and begin preventative measures so that your joints do not become damaged further. We have treatment options available at our San Diego location.
Our entire practice revolves around helping patients feel better. Pain is a fact of life until it interferes with the joys of living. Sandra Thompson, MD, and The Pain Center San Diego have innovative and comprehensive solutions to all forms of discomfort.
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