If you’re living with arthritis, you’re not alone. Statistics show that more than 50 million American adults have arthritis, a number projected to reach 78 million by the year 2040.
Arthritis refers to a group of more than 100 related disorders that cause joint inflammation. Most share similar symptoms, including joint pain, stiffness and swelling.
The two most common types of arthritis are:
People with arthritis may have difficulty performing normal daily activities. These include walking, grasping a pen or getting in and out of a car. Advanced arthritis can also cause permanent joint damage or deformities, including twisted fingers. No matter what type of arthritis you have, it can get worse over time – especially if left untreated.
Mercy’s orthopedic and rheumatology doctors can help you get the personalized treatment you need. Our team has experience caring for most forms of arthritis, including aggressive or rare types. We diagnose patients whose symptoms point to arthritis. And we work with patients who have been managing their condition for years.
Early treatments for arthritis include medicine to reduce pain and inflammation. You may also benefit from physical therapy, which can help improve muscle strength and range of motion. Injections can also be used to treat arthritis in joints to improve quality of life and potentially delay surgical treatment.
Mercy’s orthopedic surgeons also specialize in joint replacement surgery. Procedures such as knee replacement and hip replacement may eliminate pain and restore movement – even after other treatments have failed.
Your treatment plan will depend on the type of arthritis you have, your age and the severity of your symptoms. Together we’ll find ways to manage your pain, maintain joint function and improve your quality of life.