Fifty million. That’s the number of people in America who have some type of arthritis. And this number continues to increase every year. At Norton Orthopaedic Care, our specialists provide comprehensive care for all types of arthritis, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile arthritis and fibromyalgia. If you suffer from any of these types of arthritis, you know how difficult even the simplest daily activities can be.
Norton Orthopaedic Care specialists focus on reducing the pain and discomfort your arthritis causes by promoting lifestyle changes such as exercise, physical therapy and dietary adjustments. If these methods are ineffective, however, your specialist may suggest medication and sometimes surgery.
Men and women of all ages can develop arthritis. Our ultimate goal in arthritis treatment is to restore full range of motion and maximum joint function.
For more information about arthritis or to find an orthopaedic care specialist, call (502) 629-1234.
Get Healthy's Jackie Hays discusses arthritis – how it occurs, why it occurs and its treatment options –with Carroll L. Witten Jr., M.D., board-certified orthopaedic specialist.
What is arthritis?
If you feel pain and stiffness in your body or have trouble moving around, you might have arthritis. Most kinds of arthritis cause pain and swelling in your joints. Joints are places where two bones meet, such as your elbow or knee. Over time, a swollen joint can become severely damaged. Some kinds of arthritis can also cause problems in your organs, such as your eyes or skin.
Types of arthritis.
One type of arthritis, osteoarthritis, is often related to aging or to an injury. Other types occur when your immune system, which normally protects your body from infection, attacks your body's own tissues.Rheumatoid arthritis is the most common form of this kind of arthritis. Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis is a form of the disease that happens in children.Infectious arthritis is an infection that has spread from another part of the body to the joint. Psoriatic arthritis affects people with psoriasis.
Source NIH: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases