More than 40 million people in the United States are afflicted with some form of arthritis. The most common form of arthritis, osteoarthritis, affects 20.7 million Americans. Rheumatoid arthritis, the most common form of "crippling arthritis", affects 2.1 million Americans and is a leading cause of disability involving people as young as 20 years old. With society's increased interest in sporting activities, traumatic arthritis is increasing in prevalence.
Arthritis can affect any joint in the body. The large joints such as the hips, knees, and shoulders are a common reason for orthopedic attention. The smaller joints of the elbows, hands, ankles, and feet are also often affected. Some forms of arthritis involve the spine.
There are many ways to treat arthritis depending on its severity. Activity modifications, an exercise program, and oral medications can often manage milder forms of the disease. Several medications can be injected directly into the affected joint to ease the pain of arthritis and improve the function of joint cartilage. Bracing can be helpful for some patients with arthritis causing a deformity. Arthroscopic surgery can be of use in patients with pain related to torn or loose cartilage. With today's technological advancements, end-stage arthritis can often be successfully treated by a joint replacement.
We at Sierra Pacific Orthopaedic & Spine Center provide comprehensive care for arthritis. In fact, many treatment modalities can be found right inside our building. Our physicians have specialty training from some of the world's best universities and research centers in the many areas of the body that can be affected with arthritis. We provide you the most current treatment options available to make living with arthritis easier and to allow you to comfortably continue with your essential and recreational activities of life.