The word arthritis means inflammation of the joint ("arthr" meaning joint and "itis" meaning inflammation). Inflammation is a medical term describing pain, stiffness, redness and swelling.
Types of Arthritis
There are more than 100 types of arthritis. Arthritis is among the leading causes of disability in the United States, affecting nearly 21 million people of every age, physical condition and ethnic background.
Overviews of Common Conditions:
Treatments for Arthritis
The focus of treatment for arthritis is to control pain, minimize joint damage, and improve or maintain function and quality of life. According to the American College of Rheumatology, the treatment of arthritis might involve:
Medication - Nonpharmacologic therapies - Physical or occupational - therapy - Splints or joint assistive aids - Patient education and support - Weight loss - Surgery
Medical Treatments for Common Types of Arthritis:
Self-Management of Arthritis:
In conjunction with medical treatment, self-management of arthritis symptoms is very important as well.
The Centers for Disease Control is an excellent resource for tips on how to self manage arthritis - see their fact sheet on arthritis here...
NeuroBehavioral Pain Management Telephone Program (NBP)
Hill Physicians members only
This individual telephone-based mind-body program teaches you how to reduce or turn off pain using simple word commands. Ask your doctor to send an authorization request to Hill Physicians on your behalf, after which an NBP practitioner will phone you.
Learn more about NeuroBehavioral Programs.
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