Some 54 million Americans have arthritis, and that’s considered a conservative estimate. The prominent symptoms are joint pain and inflammation, and if arthritis is left untreated, it can be debilitating. Uday Bhatt, MD, is a double board-certified interventional pain medicine physician who provides innovative treatments for the management of arthritis at NJ Spine and Pain Center PC, with three convenient locations in Hamilton Square, Monroe, and Flemington, New Jersey. To get expert care for your arthritis, call any of the office locations or book an appointment online today.
Arthritis isn’t one disease, but a general medical term used to describe inflammation in the joint. There are over 100 different types of arthritis that have varying causes and can affect any joint in your body.
No matter the type or underlying cause, arthritis tends to worsen over time and can make everyday activities difficult and painful. Getting the right care for your arthritis may help prevent or delay the progression of your disease so you can live your best life.
Among the many types of arthritis, the most common include:
Osteoarthritis, often referred to as wear-and-tear arthritis, is the most common type. It develops due to the wearing away of the cartilage in between your joints.
If you have rheumatoid arthritis, your immune system attacks the lining of your joints, leading to inflammation and pain. Over time, the constant attack may affect the other components of the joint and lead to deformity.
Gout is a metabolic form of arthritis that occurs when uric acid crystals settle in the joints, causing pain and inflammation. Gout can be very painful, and it most often affects the joints in the big toe.
Psoriatic arthritis is also caused by your immune system. But instead of your joint capsule, your immune system attacks and destroys the cartilage in between your joints.
Chronic back pain often results from arthritis.
Treatment for your arthritis may depend on the underlying cause of your joint inflammation. Dr. Bhatt develops personalized plans that focus not only on managing your arthritis pain, but also on your overall health.
Treatments for your arthritis may include:
Dr. Bhatt works closely with you to develop the most effective treatment plan for the management of your arthritis to prevent further deterioration of your joint and disability.
Arthritis is a chronic condition that requires ongoing care to maintain joint health. Call any of the NJ Spine and Pain Center PC locations today or book an appointment online for an expert, well-rounded treatment plan for your arthritis.