People of all ages can suffer from a form of arthritis. It’s the leading cause of disability in the United States. At Keystone Health & Wellness Center, nurse practitioner Royceanne Odom and her team of rehabilitation technicians can help diagnose and manage your arthritis pain so you can function as normally as possible. If you live in Centennial, Colorado, or the surrounding area, call the office or book online to learn more about the office’s effective arthritis treatments.
What are the symptoms of arthritis?
Arthritis actually describes more than 100 conditions that cause inflammation, swelling, pain, and stiffness in the joints. You may experience a decrease in your range of motion and, in many types of arthritis, the symptoms come on gradually and progress with time.
Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis and occurs when the cartilage that cushions your bones wears away. Rheumatoid arthritis results from a faulty immune system that attacks your joints and causes inflammation and pain. Some cases of arthritis may be triggered by an infection, and other types, specifically gout, happen when your metabolic system produces high levels of a substance known as uric acid that irritates the joints.
Regardless of the type of arthritis you have, early diagnosis is key to designing an effective treatment plan. If you suffer joint pain, contact Keystone Health & Wellness Center for a consultation today.
How is arthritis treated?
Nurse practitioner Odom and her team can help guide you on daily changes you can make to improve your overall function when you have arthritis. These include achieving a healthy weight and including regular exercise. Some activity modification, such as changing from high-impact sports to lower-impact ones, may also be advised.
The team also provides in-clinic physical rehabilitation programs and can send you home with exercises to improve muscle strength and joint function so you’re better able to do all the activities you love.