Arthritis

Spine & Sports Medical Group

Spine & Sports Medicine & Regenerative Medicine located in Campbell, CA

Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the US, affecting at least 54 million adults and almost 300,000 children. Unfortunately, this number is on the rise, with more than 78 million people on track to have the disease by the year 2040. At Spine & Sports Medical Group in Campbell, California, the team of dedicated physiatrists understands the debilitating effects arthritis can have on your quality of life. The expert providers can help you manage your symptoms and return to everyday activities. To learn more about your treatment options, call the office or use the online scheduling tool today.

Arthritis Q & A

What is arthritis?

Arthritis is a collective term for a group of diseases that cause inflammation and swelling in your joints. Over time, constant inflammation results in pain and a loss of movement which can limit your ability to do even simple everyday activities, like holding a pencil.

The different types of arthritis are:

Degenerative arthritis

Degenerative arthritis happens when cartilage, the cushioning surface on the ends of your bones, wears away and results in inflammation and pain as your bones rub against each other.

Infectious arthritis

Infectious arthritis is caused by a bacterial, viral, or fungal infection that triggers inflammation in your joints. It can be treated with medication, but if it’s not diagnosed in time, it can develop into a chronic condition.

Metabolic arthritis

Also called gout, metabolic arthritis happens because of a buildup of uric acid in your blood, which crystallizes in your joints and causes sudden, sharp pain.

Different types of arthritis have varying symptoms, but a common issue with most arthritic conditions is joint pain and reduced mobility. If untreated, arthritis can also develop into a chronic condition that affects your heart, eyes, kidneys, and other major organs.

How do you treat arthritis?

Arthritis can’t be cured, but it can be managed with medication and lifestyle changes. A team member at Spine & Sports Medical Group starts with a physical exam to diagnose your condition.

If a physical exam and imaging tests can’t confirm your diagnosis, your provider may suggest minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery to better visualize, diagnose, and treat your joint problem. During the procedure, a specialist at Spine & Sports Medical Group makes an incision and inserts a tiny tube with a fiber-optic light and camera to better examine the inside of your joint. The magnified image allows your specialist to diagnose and treat certain arthritis-related conditions.

The practice offers joint injections to treat inflammation and pain from certain types of arthritis. Your specialist may recommend corticosteroid injections to reduce inflammation, or hyaluronic acid injections to increase lubrication that has been compromised by degraded cartilage. 

Spine & Sports Medical Group also provides innovative platelet-rich-plasma (PRP) therapy, which harnesses the natural regenerative properties of your blood to heal and repair arthritic joints.

In severe cases, your specialist may recommend surgery to repair or replace a damaged joint. To reduce your pain, the practice offers arthrodesis, which is a procedure that fuses the bones of a joint together to form one continuous bone. For patients whose condition is so advanced that they experience bone loss, your surgeon may recommend a bone graft to replace missing or severely damaged bone.

To learn more about how the practice can help you manage your arthritis, call the office or use the online scheduling tool to book your appointment today.