If you’re one of the more than 53 million Americans suffering from some form of arthritis, you know how frustrating and painful the condition can be. Rheumatologist Dr. William Brelsford of Arthritis & Osteoporosis Clinic in Tyler, Texas, understands all too well the limitations and discomfort of arthritis and has spent over 20 years helping patients find relief. To find out how you can live a pain-free and active life, call Dr. Brelsford or go online to book an appointment.
Arthritis isn’t a single condition, but rather a catchall term for over 100 different conditions that affect the joints in your body. To better understand arthritis, it helps to think of it as a disease of your joints that’s both painful and limiting, affecting the ability of your joints to move freely.
Most arthritis can be classified into the following two categories:
The most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis, which is a degenerative condition that affects the cartilage between your joints. Your cartilage provides a buffer between your bones and when that buffer deteriorates, your bones rub together causing swelling, stiffness, and pain.
Swelling and inflammation are part of your body’s natural healing process—your immune system works to protect an injured area by creating a temporary buffer around it. That same immune response, however, can be extremely troublesome when it’s triggered for no reason and attacks your joints, causing uncontrolled inflammation. Rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis are common examples of inflammatory arthritis.
In less common cases, arthritis can be attributed to infection or metabolic issues, which Dr. Brelsford determines during your diagnosis.
No matter the kind of arthritis, the symptoms that affect your joints are the same and include:
Arthritis treatment depends on which type of arthritis Dr. Brelsford diagnoses and how far along the disease has advanced. If your arthritis is degenerative, Dr. Brelsford typically recommends the following:
For rheumatoid arthritis, Dr. Brelsford offers several IV infusion treatments that work to halt the progress of the disease, including:
Arthritis & Osteoporosis Clinic is also equipped with a comfortable infusion room staffed by caring and experienced infusion experts.
To find out more about how Dr. Brelsford can help you treat your arthritis, call or go online to book a consultation at the clinic.