Arthritis is debilitating musculoskeletal condition that affects over 21 million adults in the U.S. Arthritis commonly results from a breakdown of cartilage, which often results in mild to severe joint inflammation. Read through this brief guide from our team here at the West Hills Hospital & Medical Center Arthritis Program to learn more about your options for managing arthritis pain:
There are over 100 different types of arthritis , and most of them are chronic conditions. Fortunately, there are various medications available to mitigate joint discomfort. Over-the-counter pain relief medicines such as aspirin or acetaminophen are traditionally recommended to manage minor pain, but these substances can cause harm if taken in large dosages over a prolonged period of time. Prescription medications such as corticosteroids, biologics, and immunosuppressants can also help manage more severe cases of arthritis, but only a qualified doctor can determine which medication best fits your medical needs.
Although exercise may seem counterintuitive for treating joint pain, it is essential for maintaining healthy function. Low-impact endurance exercises and stretching can help maintain optimal joint function while minimizing the reduced risk of injury or discomfort. If joint pain persists even after administering medication, then rest, ice packs, and warm showers may help. In some cases, a splint may be required to improve motor function and provide support.
In severe cases of joint pain where conventional methods of pain management prove inadequate, surgery may be a viable option for rebuilding joints (arthroplasty) or replacing them. However, only a medical professional can perform an accurate assessment of a patient’s medical history and compare the potential risks of surgery versus alternative means of arthritis pain management.
West Hills Hospital & Medical Center has the resources, experience, and programs to help victims of arthritis manage joint pain and maintain functionality. From diagnosis to treatment and rehabilitation, our staff is committed to maintaining a standard of excellence in all of our medical services. See what others have had to say about our facilities online and call (818) 676-4000 today.