Arthritis Treatment

Angus Goetz, DO, FAOAO

Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Specialist located in Jackson, WY

More than 50 million adults in the United States suffer from arthritis and its painful symptoms, which damage joints and limit mobility. Dr. Angus Goetz offers a variety of personalized arthritis treatments at his Jackson, Wyoming, practice that help you manage your symptoms and lead a more comfortable life. By analyzing and assessing your specific set of symptoms, he provides a comprehensive diagnosis and individualized methodology — including lifestyle modifications, physical therapy, exercise, or even surgery — to treat your arthritis. Call or schedule an appointment online today to learn more.

Arthritis Treatment Q & A

What is arthritis?

Arthritis is actually a term that refers to joint pain or joint disease. There are over 100 types of arthritis that affect people of all ages. It’s most commonly seen in adults above the age of 65, but it can also affect young adults, teens, and even children.

Arthritis is slightly more common in women than men and people who are overweight are at an increased risk of developing it.

When cartilage, the slick cushioning that allows joints to smoothly facilitate body movements, wears away, it causes painful symptoms. One of the most common forms of arthritis is osteoarthritis, which is a degenerative condition that’s caused by this cartilage wearing down.

What are signs and symptoms of arthritis?

Some of the most common signs and symptoms of arthritis include:

  • Joint pain
  • Joint stiffness
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Redness around joints (knees and shoulders)

For many people, arthritis symptoms are worse in the morning before you’ve had a chance to stretch or loosen up your joints and muscles. With certain forms of arthritis — such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA) — you may experience a loss of appetite, since they can cause inflammation in your immune system.

What causes arthritis to develop?

The most common cause of arthritis is normal wear and tear as you age. With time, overuse of your joints can be inevitable and the wearing down of cartilage exacerbates arthritis.

An infection or injury to one or more joints can aggravate this loss of connective tissue and cartilage. Also, your risk of developing arthritis may be higher if you have a family history of the disease.

With RA, which is an autoimmune disorder that stems from an attack on your body’s immune system, the exact cause isn’t known.

What types of arthritis treatments are available?

Dr. Angus Goetz works with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that addresses arthritis pain, whether it be in your knee, hip, or shoulder. He helps you develop exercise routines that don’t place stress on your joints, such as those needed for cycling or swimming.

He also commonly uses physical therapy to help strengthen your joints. Medication, such as anti-inflammatory or anti-rheumatic medications, and cortisone or lubricant injections, are also viable treatment options.

In general, the main goals of treatment are to alleviate discomfort, restore function, and prevent further damage.

In more severe cases, when arthritis pain doesn’t respond well to non-surgical treatments, Dr. Goetz may recommend joint replacement surgery.

If you’re suffering from arthritis, don’t assume pain has to be a part of your everyday life. Call or schedule an appointment online today and begin arthritis treatment.