What is Arthritis?

Arthritis is a medical condition that is characterized by the inflammation of the joints. Arthritis can also cause back pain. There are two types of arthritis. Osteoarthritis is the more common type of arthritis, and is caused by damage to joint cartilage. Rheumatoid arthritis is a disease where the immune system attacks the joint capsule's lining.

The SOS team has helped many arthritis patients achieve symptom relief. Our specialists are the trusted experts for managing arthritis near Syracuse, NY and the surrounding areas.

If you or your loved one have arthritis that is causing back pain, or are experiencing back pain that may be a sign of arthritis, the experienced medical specialists at SOS provide the total orthopedic care you're looking for.

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Arthritis Causes

Arthritis causes are different depending on the type of arthritis that a patient has.

Osteoarthritis causes include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Damage to joint cartilage as part of aging
  • Damage to joint cartilage from an injury, such as a car accident or an injury from playing sports
  • Infection

As rheumatoid arthritis is a disease, there are many potential causes. However, certain people are at a higher risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis, including, but not necessarily limited to:

  • People with a family history of arthritis
  • The risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis increases as you get older
  • Women are more likely than men to develop rheumatoid arthritis
  • People who have injured their joint(s) in the past
  • People who are obese

Arthritis Symptoms

Common arthritis symptoms include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Pain, including back pain or joint pain
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Limited range of motion

Arthritis Treatment

SOS is experienced in helping patients manage their arthritis symptoms. Depending on the severity, arthritis treatment may vary.

As arthritis treatment emphasizes symptom relief and improving patient joint function, common arthritis treatments include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Pain medication
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Medications that help treat skin irritation, such as creams or ointments
  • Medications that alter how the immune system responds
  • Corticosteroids
  • Physical therapy
  • Surgery, when necessary

The Experts in Arthritis Surgery near Syracuse, NY and Surrounding Regions

For some arthritis patients, surgery may be the best treatment option. While SOS prioritizes conservative arthritis treatments, certain patients may require arthritis surgery to achieve symptom relief.

Depending on each patient's individual needs, joint repair surgery or joint fusion surgery may be the best arthritis treatment option. SOS is also the regional leader for joint replacement surgery.

SOS will provide the personalized care you or your loved one need before and after arthritis surgery. This total orthopedic care approach makes SOS the clear choice for arthritis treatment, including arthritis surgery.

For Arthritis Symptom Relief, Contact Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists Today (SOS)

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