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Millions of Americans live with arthritis, a condition that causes pain, stiffness, swelling, and loss of motion. It can make even the simplest tasks seem daunting, but there are treatment options available.

What is Arthritis?

Arthritis is inflammation in one or more of your joints that tends to worsen with age. There are a number of causes for arthritis, including age, joint injuries, infections, and other medical conditions, such as fibromyalgia or psoriasis.

The most common types of arthritis and arthritic conditions are:

  • Osteoarthritis, or degenerative joint disease, which often comes with age
  • Rheumatoid arthritis, which is caused by immune system dysfunction that affects joints throughout the body
  • Psoriatic arthritis, which is caused by immune system dysfunction that affects the joints and the skin
  • Fibromyalgia, a pain disorder caused by a central nervous system dysfunction
  • Gout, a form of inflammatory arthritis

What are the Symptoms of Arthritis?

Common symptoms of arthritis include pain, stiffness, swelling, and decreased range of motion in the joints. Severe arthritis may make it difficult for you to walk or sit for long periods, and in some cases, it may result in deformity of joints.

How is Arthritis Diagnosed?

Physical exams, imaging, and occasionally bloodwork can all help diagnose arthritis and its causes. During a physical exam, your doctor will look for swelling, deformity, tenderness, and redness around your joints. Imaging tests may include X-ray, computerized tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and ultrasound.

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Arthritis Treatment Options

Treatment for arthritis varies depending on its type and causes.

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Our Approach to Arthritis Treatment

Inspira’s orthopedic specialists and rheumatologists can assess your arthritis to determine the path to relief that’s right for you. Our providers are experienced in the most up-to-date treatment methods and minimally invasive surgical techniques.

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