In the United States, arthritis is the leading cause of disability among adults. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 54.4. million Americans suffer from physician-diagnosed arthritis, and almost two-thirds of adults in the U.S. who live with it are of working age. Painful movements accompanied with joint swelling and stiffness make arthritis a debilitating condition for many of our patients.
There are more than 100 different types of arthritis, so the causes of it depend on the kind that you have. Two of the most common types are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Your genetic make-up and family history of the disease can play a big role on whether or not you develop arthritis. A variety of external factors may also increase the risk further.
These other factors include: having a physically demanding job, a previous injury, joint issues, immune system problems, smoking, an infection and certain foods.
While there’s no cure for arthritis, the right treatment can greatly reduce your symptoms. Common treatments for arthritis include pain relief, anti-inflammatory or immunosuppressant medication along with physical therapy.
Interventional pain management techniques can supplement and provide pain relief where conventional therapies are not as effective.
HOW WE CAN HELP
Regardless of the type and severity of your condition, our goal is to help you manage your pain. Through the proper treatment, we strive to help patients return to their daily routine and re-focus on physical therapy and lifestyle changes for long term pain management and relief.
At Cornell Pain Clinic, we offer Regenerative therapies ( Platelet Rich Plasma and Stem cell therapy), Radio-frequency nerve ablation and therapies like electrical nerve stimulation that reduce inflammation and provide pain relief to restore movement and function. Ask our pain specialist for details on therapies available for your condition.