A Nagging Ache – Arthritis and its treatments
Creaks, cracks, aches, and pains. Time stops for no one, and it’s indisputable that a certain amount of discomfort is inherent to the aging process. But where is the line? Where does chronic pain meet suffering, and contribute to a greatly diminished quality of life?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the United States. 53 million adults suffer from arthritis each year – a whopping 23% of the U.S. population! Somewhat of a catchall term, “arthritis” refers to the effects of a plethora of diseases and conditions that affect the joints, resulting in chronic pain, reduced range of motion, and inflammation. Conditions contributing to the development of arthritis may include gout, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, sprains, tendinitis, and obesity.
What are the symptoms?
Do you have nagging aches and pains you suspect may be due to more than day-to-day wear and tear? Symptoms of arthritis may include:
– Joint pain
– Reduced range of motion
Yet, there’s hope!
Treatment for arthritis seeks to alleviate the inflammation present in and around the joints. Symptom reduction may utilize a wide variety of treatments tailored to your unique needs. Some of these measures may vary from the holistic to the medicinal, including:
– Steroid injections
– Non-steroidal anti inflammatory medication
– Weight loss
– Hot / cold compress
– Joint replacement
By 2040, it’s estimated that over 78 million adults will suffer from arthritis. That’s more than 1 in 4 individuals. 1 out of ever 4 mothers, fathers, grandmothers, and grandfathers whose lives and livelihoods will be impacted by the effects of chronic pain, stiffness, and inflammation. The effects of a traumatic injury – from a car accident or otherwise – only exacerbate the inflammation inherent to arthritis. Prompt intervention and an effective proper treatment plan is crucial to the healing process! After your accident, don’t hesitate to call the specialists at PROS Miami – after all, your well being is our top priority.