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      Arthritis

      Arthritis

      Click on this video to learn about Arthritis. The video on the right shows how Arthritis is diagnosed and how A Pattern Medical Clinic’s treatment options can help improve your quality of life.

      What is Arthritis?

      Arthritis is the swelling and tenderness of one or more joints

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      The term “arthritis” encompasses over 100 different conditions that all have an impact on your joints. Osteoarthritis is one of the most common types of arthritis. The protective cartilage between your bones wears down with this type of arthritis. Osteoarthritis can develop as a natural part of aging, though it can also be caused by injuries.

      Another common type of arthritis is rheumatoid arthritis, which is caused by an autoimmune disorder. Protective tissues and bone are broken down by your body, causing severe pain and swelling.

      Many arthritis sufferers are also affected by gout. When you have gout, your body produces too much uric acid, which forms sharp crystal deposits in your joints. Gout is most commonly associated with men, but it can also affect women.

      How do I know if I have Arthritis?

      Many people with sciatica are made aware of the condition as a result of lower back pain that travels down to the buttock and shoots down the back f your leg. For some patients the pain might even reach all the way into the foot and toes. 

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      The only way to know for sure is to visit one of A Pattern Medical’s doctors. However, if you experience the following symptoms on a regular basis, you may have sciatica.

      • Pain that starts in your buttock and runs down your leg
      • Weakness or numbness in your leg, foot, or toes
      • Radiating pain that makes walking or standing difficult
      • Burning sensations down your leg

      What is the process for diagnosing Arthritis?

      Treating arthritis requires a proper diagnosis since arthritis has so many causes. With the help of the arthritis experts at A Pattern Medical in Ooltewah, Tennessee, you can get the arthritis treatment you need. Schedule your appointment online, or call the office today. Starting today, you can begin to get relief from arthritis pain through the caring team’s flexible scheduling.

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      Anyone, at any point in time, can get arthritis. Some people never have to worry about it. Your genetic makeup and your lifestyle will determine. You are at greater risk of developing arthritis if you:

      • Are older
      • Have arthritis in your family
      • Have bone spurs
      • Catch a certain bacterial or viral infection
      • Have a physically demanding job
      • Are overweight or obese
      • Have had a previous injury to the area

      What treatments are available for my Arthritis?

      Your personalized arthritis treatment plan is designed to help you improve your symptoms while minimizing pain and strain. To alleviate your arthritis symptoms, you’ll need a combination of treatments. Your treatment may include the following:

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      • Physical therapy
      • Occupational therapy
      • Corticosteroid injections
      • Anti-inflammatory medications
      • Daily exercises
      • Hyaluronic acid injections
      • Recommended dietary supplements

      Is surgery needed?

      Surgery may be necessary to treat arthritis, but surgery should not be the first resort if other options haven’t been successful. Surgery to treat arthritis depends on the cause of the arthritis. Some surgeries include removing damaged cartilage or connecting tissue. If you have a severe case of arthritis that damages or disfigures your joints, you might require joint replacement surgery. This surgery is most common for damage to the hip, shoulder, or knee.

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