Arthritis Treatments

The method used in treating arthritis will depend on the type of arthritis and the level of symptoms among other factors. If you have been diagnosed with this condition, there are so many ways you can control your health, minimize pain, and generally improve the quality of your life. The sooner to take action the better your odds are at improving your overall health and decreasing arthritis symptoms. As soon as you realize that you are suffering from arthritis, you need to familiarize yourself with the different treatment options available for you. Bear in mind that these options will depend on your overall health, the underlying cause of your arthritis, its severity and your lifestyle.

The first thing you can do is make lifestyle changes. Avoid carrying out repeated activities, which will stress the joints. Study ways in which you can use your joints without exerting excess pressure on them, for example swimming. Wear the right footwear to enhance comfort while you are moving and to relieve pain. Limit or eliminate high impact activities like running and jumping that affect-inflamed joints.

Another method for relieving pain is the use of assistive devices including braces and foot orthotics. The braces are customized to help prevent excessive motion, which causes pain in the joints. A custom orthotic on the other hand aligns a previously misaligned frame so that your joints have the proper range of function and are not unnecessarily stressed. A foot orthotic for example can potentially eliminate knee and hip pain by allowing the joints to function as they were intended.

There are also drugs, which can be prescribed by your doctor to reduce swelling especially among patients exhibiting moderate symptoms. Arthritis medications fall into five different categories.  In layman’s terms they are anti-inflammatory, painkillers, anti-rheumatic, biologics and corticosteroids.  However, these drugs are known to have side effects so they must be used very carefully.

The other option of treating arthritis is through surgery. Joint surgery is usually considered in cases whereby the above-mentioned treatments have failed to alleviate the pain and swelling. However, there are cases when surgery cannot help especially if the cartilage has completely worn away in the case of ankle joint inflammation.

To learn more about orthotic treatments for arthritis please call or visit one of Teter Orthotics & Prosthetics 20 Michigan locations.

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