Based on the diagnosis, we provide regenerative and interventional solutions for arthritis, such as radiofrequency ablation, medial branch block, and PRP therapy. Please schedule an appointment at our medical centers in Marina del Rey or Manhattan Beach, California, to discuss your arthritis treatment options.
What is Arthritis?
Arthritis is an inflammation of one or multiple joints, leading to severe pain and discomfort, lack of mobility, and other problems. Arthritis takes numerous forms, but the most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). While the symptoms of arthritis often appear in gradual stages, they can also appear abruptly in adults over 65.
Symptoms of Arthritis
- Joint pains
- Loss of mobility
- Limited range of motion
- Redness around the joint
- Loss of appetite
- Joint deformity, if left untreated
Causes of Arthritis
Arthritis is usually caused by the wear and tear of the cartilage, i.e., the connective tissue that maintains joint flexibility. The cartilage between the joints absorbs the shock produced by movements. As the cartilage tissues break down, the joints grind against each other during movements, leading to severe pain and discomfort.
Rheumatoid arthritis is caused by an autoimmune disorder wherein the body’s immune system attacks the synovium. The synovium is a soft tissue that lubricates the cartilage and joints, allowing them to function optimally without friction. Over time, rheumatoid arthritis can destroy the synovium, cartilage, and joints, leading to complete joint deformity.
Commonly Affected Areas Include:
- Other joints in the body