Sore, achy, swollen, stiff joints due to arthritis can make everyday tasks feel unbearable. If you struggle with arthritis pain and want relief, turn to Colorado Sports Medicine and Orthopaedics (COSMO) in Denver, Colorado. Fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeons Catherine Logan, MD, MBA, MSPT, Jared White, DO, and their experienced team offer numerous treatments to restore joint health and give you a better quality of life. Call the office to book an appointment or request one online today.
Arthritis is an often debilitating condition in which your joints swell and feel painful. Osteoarthritis is a common type of arthritis that often occurs with aging. Rheumatoid arthritis causes your immune system to attack the joint lining, and gout is a type of arthritis that causes uric acid buildup in your blood. Many other types of arthritis exist and usually contribute to joint pain.
Common arthritis symptoms include:
If left untreated, arthritis can make it difficult to complete everyday tasks like walking comfortably. Your joints might become deformed or twisted.
Anyone can develop arthritis, but some things increase your risk of having it. Examples include:
Men are more likely to develop gout, while women have a higher chance of getting rheumatoid arthritis.
To find out if you have arthritis, your COSMO specialist reviews your symptoms and medical history. They complete a physical exam to assess your joint health and look for signs of disease.
Your specialist may recommend you undergo blood tests, urine tests, and joint fluid tests, as well as X-rays, CT scans, MRIs, ultrasounds, or other imaging procedures to determine the type and severity of your joint damage.
Common arthritis treatments available at COSMO include:
Home remedies that help reduce arthritis pain include exercise, heat and cold packs, weight loss, and shoe inserts.
Taking medications can reduce pain, inflammation, and your risk of arthritis disease progression.
Injections into your joints can relieve pain and inflammation or better lubricate affected joints. Regenerative medicine injections that enhance new cell generation and harness natural healing include platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and stem cells.
Physical therapists at COSMO offer injury-specific exercises and stretches to strengthen arthritic joints and reduce pain.
If you have severe joint damage due to arthritis, your specialist may recommend surgery to repair, fuse, or replace diseased joints.
Don’t let arthritis pain prevent you from enjoying life to its fullest. Call the Colorado Sports Medicine and Orthopaedics office to schedule an appointment or book one online today.