The Honolulu Pain Management Clinic LLC can help you gain mobility and decrease the impact that arthritis can have on your life.
Muscle and Joint Pain, Arthritis – Arthritis is a term often used to mean any disorder that affects joints. Symptoms generally include joint pain and stiffness. Other symptoms may include redness, warmth, swelling, and decreased range of motion of the affected joints. Onset can be gradual or sudden. There are over 100 types of arthritis. The most common forms are osteoarthritis (degenerative joint disease) and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis usually occurs with age and affects the fingers, knees, and hips. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that often affects the hands and feet. Treatment may include resting the joint and alternating between applying ice and heat. Weight loss and exercise may also be useful. Pain medications such as ibuprofen and paracetamol (acetaminophen) may be used. In some cases a joint replacement may be useful. Treatment options vary depending on the type of arthritis and may include physical therapy, lifestyle changes (including exercise and weight control), orthopedic bracing, and medications.