The Different Types of Arthritis and How They Are Treated

Did you know that there are actually over 40 different types of arthritis? It is important that if you are having symptoms of arthritis such as joint stiffness, joint swelling, or limited range of motion, that you visit with your doctor. They will run several tests to determine what type of arthritis you have, so it can be treated.

The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis is caused by aging and too little calcium. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder in which the body attacks the cartilage and tissues of the joint. Most types of arthritis can be treated in the same way as these, although rheumatoid arthritis may require additional treatment.

Some of the most popular treatments for osteoarthritis include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Prescription medications that may slow progress of the disease and increase mobility
  • Prescription pain relievers
  • Cortisone shots in the affected joint
  • Stem cell and PRP therapy
  • Surgery

These treatments are also used for most other types of arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis. Of course, surgery is always a last resort, and stem cells and PRP can often make surgery unnecessary.

Rheumatoid arthritis may require some additional treatment. You should visit with your doctor about your condition. They will want to run labs to check rheumatoid markers. If elevated, you could need to be on an additional specialty prescription medication.

For any type of arthritis, stem cells and PRP can be used for treatment, often with amazing results. The stem cells and PRP jumpstart the body’s own natural healing response to help slow or stop the progress of arthritis, as well as potentially improve the condition.

If you are suffering from arthritis, contact us today for more information or to schedule your appointment.