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Arthritis Specialist

Urgently Ortho

Orthopaedic Urgent Care, Sports Medicine & Wellness Clinics located in Scottsdale, AZ

Arthritis is a common chronic health condition, affecting more than 50 million adults and 300,000 children in the United States. If arthritis pain and stiffness prevent you from enjoying life to its fullest, board-certified orthopaedic surgeons at Urgently Ortho in Scottsdale, Arizona, can help. They offer arthritis treatments that ease pain, decrease stiffness, and increase range of motion. Call to learn more or book an appointment online today.

Arthritis Q & A

What is arthritis?

Arthritis is a common health condition associated with joint disease and joint pain. There are over 100 different types of arthritis and related conditions, which make up the leading cause of disability in the United States, such as:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease
  • Osteoarthritis, or normal joint wear and tear
  • Juvenile arthritis in children
  • Infectious arthritis
  • Gout from uric acid buildup
  • Psoriatic arthritis in people with psoriasis

Risk factors for developing arthritis include being overweight, being a woman, older age, having a previous joint injury, and having a family history of arthritis.

What are the symptoms of arthritis?

Symptoms you may experience if you have arthritis include:

  • Joint pain
  • Joint stiffness
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Decreased range of motion

If you develop these symptoms, your provider determines which type of arthritis you have using lab or imaging tests.

What is the treatment for arthritis?

Your doctor works with you to create a treatment plan for your arthritis and may recommend:

Medications

Arthritis medications help prevent further joint damage or reduce arthritis symptoms. Your provider lets you know if you’re a good candidate for such medications.

Physical therapy

Physical therapy can improve range of motion and ease arthritis pain. Your orthopaedic specialist shows you which stretching and strength exercises best match your needs.

Injections

Your doctor may recommend joint injections to ease pain and improve joint function. Examples include platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy using your own blood plasma, amniotic stem cell therapy, or hyaluronate injections to lubricate your joints and ease friction.

Healthy lifestyle remedies

The Urgently Ortho specialists also recommend healthy lifestyle remedies that can also ease arthritis pain and improve joint range of motion. Examples include:

  • Weight loss if you’re overweight
  • A healthy diet
  • Regular non-weight-bearing exercise
  • Massage
  • Yoga or tai chi
  • Acupuncture
  • Heat and cold therapy

Your doctor recommends the least invasive option first to ease arthritis pain, and promotes natural healing whenever possible.

Orthopaedic surgery

In severe cases, your Urgently Ortho provider may recommend surgery to restore joint function and can let you know if you’re a good candidate for orthopaedic joint surgery.

When you’re ready to prevent further joint damage associated with arthritis, ease pain, and improve range of motion, call Urgently Ortho today or schedule an appointment online.