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Arthritis

Houston Spine & Rehabilitation Centers

Chiropractic Clinics & Physical Therapists located in The Woodlands, TX & Houston, TX

About 91 million Americans have some type of arthritis, which causes joint pain and mobility problems. The team at Houston Spine & Rehabilitation Centers in The Woodlands, Sugar Land, and Houston, Texas, provides personalized treatment plans to relieve your arthritis pain and restore your quality of life. If you have joint pain, don’t ignore it. Call Houston Spine & Rehabilitation Centers or schedule a consultation online today.

Arthritis Q & A

What is arthritis?

Arthritis is a collection of diseases that cause joint inflammation, stiffness, and pain. The most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis — the degenerative form of the disease. It develops as the cartilage in your joints wears away and leaves your bones unprotected.

This increases friction in your joints, which irritates and inflames them, leading to swelling, stiffness, and pain.

Some of the warning signs of arthritis include:

  • Stiffness in your feet, knees, legs, hands, and elbows
  • Trouble using feet and balancing
  • Swollen fingers that prevent you from making a fist
  • Problems sitting for several hours
  • Can’t kneel or squat
  • Painful movement
  • Difficulty with fine-motor skills like using scissors or pens

Other prevalent types of arthritis include rheumatoid arthritis — an autoimmune disease that attacks the synovial lining of your joints — and gout, which occurs when elevated uric acid levels leave crystalline deposits in your joints.

When should I talk to a doctor about arthritis?

Too many people assume that joint pain and arthritis are an inevitable part of aging and that you just need to accept it. The team at Houston Spine & Rehabilitation Centers wants you to know that’s not the case.

If you have joint pain that lasts for longer than a couple of days or is so severe that you can’t move, call Houston Spine & Rehabilitation Centers to make an appointment right away. If you start treatment early, you can reduce the pain you experience and the overall disruption to your life.

How is arthritis diagnosed?

The team at Houston Spine & Rehabilitation Centers provides comprehensive exams and testing to identify the condition causing your joint pain. In addition to reviewing your medical history and symptoms, they perform a physical exam, looking for signs of inflammation in your joints.

They might also order X-rays or MRIs to get a good look at the inside of your joint or order blood work to check for rheumatoid arthritis or other conditions that can contribute to joint pain.

How is arthritis treated?

The team at Houston Spine & Rehabilitation Centers creates personalized treatment plans to alleviate your pain and improve your joint health. For example, your treatment plan could include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Aquatic therapy
  • Chiropractic care
  • Truflex® joint supplements
  • nutraMetrix® supplements
  • Regenerative medicine

Your provider might also help you lose weight to reduce the strain on your joints and enhance your overall health.

Call Houston Spine & Rehabilitation Centers today or make an appointment online for expert arthritis care.