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Most people associate arthritis with age, and while this is true, it is not the only cause. At Wellspring Regenerative Medicine in Daytona, we strive to provide our patients with relief from their chronic pain. Whether you suffer from chronic pain due to arthritis, an old sports injury, or a more recent accident, we can help. In today’s post, we’ll take a look at some of the causes of arthritic pain and how you can find relief. Call Wellspring Regenerative Medicine today for your free consultation.

What Arthritis Is

Arthritis is an inflammatory condition that can affect just one joint or multiple joints. The most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Osteoarthritis is a breakdown of joint cartilage and the underlying bone, and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammation of the joints — especially the feet and hands. Arthritis is most commonly seen in adults who are 65 years or older, but it has also been discovered in children, teens, and even young adults. It is a more common diagnosis for women and for those who are overweight.

Symptoms of Arthritis

The most common symptoms of arthritis are swelling in the joints, stiffness, and joint pain. Depending on the severity of your arthritis, you might even experience a loss of range of motion, which can make daily activities more difficult and less enjoyable. Additionally, you may experience redness in the skin around the affected joint, and an increase in your symptoms first thing in the morning.

Causes of Arthritis

Normal wear and tear are common causes of osteoarthritis, but rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder, which means that it occurs when your body’s immune system attacks itself. Cartilage is a wonderful substance that is firm like bone, but soft like connective tissue. In fact, your nose is one of the best and most obvious examples of cartilage in your body. Cartilage is what helps protect your joints by absorbing pressure as you move and put weight on your joints. Over time, cartilage wears down, and this reduction can lead to certain forms of arthritis.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Your primary care doctor is one of the best sources you can use to identify whether or not you have arthritis. They can perform a basic physical exam, which will help them to identify any fluid buildup around your joints, or limited range of motion. If they believe that you may have arthritis, then they will likely refer you to a specialist for a more in-depth examination. If you’re experiencing painful, severe symptoms, then make an appointment with a specialist, rather than your primary care doctor, right away. This could help lead to a faster diagnosis and plan for treatment.

The primary goal of your treatment plan will be to provide you with pain relief and prevent additional damage to your joints. From heating pads to canes and more, there are a number of treatments that can help to reduce the pressure from your joints. At Wellspring Regenerative Medicine, we are proud to offer platelet-rich plasma therapy as an additional method for treating your chronic pain. If you are interested in seeing what regenerative stem cell therapy can do for you, then contact our office in Daytona and schedule your free consultation.