Arthritis affects more than 5 million Americans. It’s one of the most common chronic conditions, and the resulting pain makes it a crippling disease that affects your time at work and with loved ones. David Boyd, MD, has been helping patients at P3MD in Goodyear, Arizona, manage and treat their arthritis with great success. If you are suffering, call the office or use the online scheduling tool to make an appointment today.
Arthritis is a general term for the condition that causes pain and stiffness in your joints and muscles. Some common types of arthritis are:
Also known as the “wear and tear” arthritis, osteoarthritis happens when the cartilage in your joints (the cushioning surface on the ends of bones) wears away, resulting in pain as the bones rub against each other.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease where your body’s immune system attacks healthy cells when it shouldn’t, causing swollen joints and tissue damage that results in long-lasting pain.
Psoriatic arthritis is also an autoimmune disease where your immune system attacks your body, causing pain and inflammation. Psoriatic arthritis also causes psoriasis, a chronic skin condition with symptoms of flaking, red, and inflamed skin.
Gout is a type of arthritis that develops in some people who have too much uric acid in their blood that crystallizes in joints and cause sudden, extreme pain.
Different types of arthritis have different symptoms, but the most common is pain and stiffness in your joints. Depending on the kind of arthritis you have, this pain comes and goes or stays continuously.
There are many factors that affect your risk of getting arthritis. Some are uncontrollable, like age, gender, and genetics. However, there are steps you can take to lower your risk, such as:
Obese or overweight patients are more likely to develop arthritis, as your body is under constant pressure from the extra weight.
If you fall sick, see Dr. Boyd right away because some bacteria and viruses enter your joints and cause some types of arthritis.
If you hurt a joint like your knee or wrist, protect it from further injury and follow the strengthening exercises Dr. Boyd prescribes.
If your job requires you to bend a lot or lift heavy boxes, be mindful of your physical limits and don’t push yourself into an injury.
Smoking increases your chances of developing certain types of arthritis and can make existing arthritis worse.
Making small lifestyle changes can greatly lower your risk of developing arthritis.
Whether you have arthritis or are looking for more information about it, call the office or use the online scheduling tool to make an appointment with Dr. Boyd today.