If you’re living with swollen, painful joints because of arthritis, you may have days where even the simplest tasks feel like insurmountable obstacles because of your pain. At the Ohio Institute for Comprehensive Pain Management in Centerville, Ohio, Mervet Saleh, MD, and her team provide compassionate and customized pain management therapies to help relieve your pain so you can lead a healthy and active life. If arthritis pain is getting in the way of the activities you love, call the practice or schedule an appointment online today.
Arthritis is the collective name for over 100 different diseases and conditions that cause inflammation and pain in your joints. More than 50 million Americans have some form of arthritis, making it the leading cause of disability in the United States.
Osteoarthritis is the most prevalent type of arthritis. Osteoarthritis is the degenerative form of the disease that develops as the smooth tissue that cushions your joints wears away, leaving the ends of your bones unprotected and vulnerable to friction and damage. The friction created when your bones rub together irritates the tissue in your joints and leads to inflammation, swelling, and pain.
Rheumatoid arthritis is another common form of the disease. It’s an autoimmune disorder that causes your body to mistakenly attacks your joints, leading to inflammation in the synovial lining. Over time, the inflammation causes cartilage loss and painful joint damage.
Your genetics and family history are the primary factors that determine if you’re going to get arthritis. Your risk of arthritis also increases as you get older, and more women are diagnosed with arthritis than men. Other conditions that can contribute to arthritis include previous joint injuries and being overweight or obese.
Dr. Saleh and her team diagnose arthritis after a comprehensive physical exam. She examines your painful joints, feeling for physical abnormalities and inflammation, and guides you through movements to gauge your pain and range of motion. Dr. Saleh also orders blood work and imaging tests like X-rays, ultrasounds, and MRIs to gather more information to confirm your diagnosis.
Dr. Saleh and her team provide customized treatments and therapies to resolve your pain. In addition to prescribing medication to reduce inflammation in your joints or manage the disease that is causing your joint pain, Dr. Saleh may also prescribe corticosteroid injections.
Physical therapy is often an effective pain management method. You practice exercises that strengthen the muscles that support your affected joints, which minimizes the physical stress and reduces your pain.
If joint pain or arthritis is preventing you from the activities you love, call the Ohio Institute for Comprehensive Pain Management or schedule an appointment online today.