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Arthritis Pain: What Are the Best Non-Surgical Treatment Options?

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Arthritis is a common condition that affects people of all ages and can have a major impact on their lives. It’s the leading cause of disability in the United States, affecting more than 50 million adults. Arthritis can be extremely painful and significantly limits range of motion. Fortunately, there are various non-surgical treatment options available to help manage symptoms and improve quality of life. 

Non-surgical treatments can be an effective way to reduce pain and improve function without having to resort to surgery. In this article, we will explore the different types of non-surgical treatments for arthritis and discuss their benefits.

What is Arthritis?

Arthritis occurs when the protective cartilage between bones becomes worn down, leading to inflammation, swelling, stiffness, and pain. Depending on the type of arthritis someone is suffering from, these symptoms may be mild or severe, and can even interfere with everyday activities.

There are two main types of arthritis:

  • Osteoarthritis: Osteoarthritis is the most common form of the disease and typically affects people over 50 years old; it occurs when cartilage breaks down from regular wear-and-tear over time. 
  • Rheumatoid arthritis: Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that causes inflammation in multiple joints and is more common in women. </li

The symptoms of arthritis can vary from person to person, but typically include pain, swelling, stiffness, and decreased range of motion. If left untreated, these symptoms can worsen over time and even lead to disability or chronic pain.

 Arthritis has many causes, including genetics, age-related wear-and-tear, an injury or infection, or a previous medical condition such as gout. While there is no cure for arthritis, there are several non-surgical treatments available that can help manage the symptoms and reduce joint damage. 

A man holding his wrist because of arthritis pain.

How Do We Help Treat Arthritis?

At Family Integrative Medicine, we’ll develop a personalized treatment plan designed for your unique arthritis condition. Our non-surgical treatment plans include but are not limited to:

  • Enriched Plasma: When it comes to arthritis treatments, it doesn’t get much better than enriched plasma therapy. Enriched plasma therapy treats existing symptoms and can also help to prevent further joint damage from occurring. This is because it stimulates the body’s own healing process, allowing the repair of damaged tissues. This in turn helps to reduce inflammation and limit further joint deterioration. 
  • Orthopedic Acupuncture: Orthopedic acupuncture focuses on improving joint function by promoting blood circulation and reducing muscle tension. We target and stimulate specific acupuncture points associated with the affected joints, which affect the physiological processes. 
  • Manual Therapy: Manual therapy techniques can include joint mobilizations, manipulations, myofascial release, and other specialized techniques aimed at restoring proper function and mobility to the musculoskeletal system. It often involves precise, targeted movements and is typically integrated into a comprehensive treatment plan for specific musculoskeletal conditions such as arthritis. 
  • Physical therapy: Physical therapy can help reduce pain and improve joint function by increasing strength, flexibility, endurance, balance, range of motion, and mobility. In addition, our physical therapists may suggest strategies for dealing with fatigue or suggest modifications to everyday activities that will make them easier to perform with less strain on the joints. 
  • Red light therapy: Red light therapy is a form of phototherapy that works by delivering specific wavelengths of light to the affected area. This type of therapy is believed to help reduce inflammation and pain caused by arthritis, as well as promote healing. The light stimulates the production of certain proteins in cells, which are thought to have anti-inflammatory effects.  
  • Chiropractic care: Chiropractic care uses a variety of techniques to help treat arthritis, including manual manipulation of the spine and joints. This type of treatment helps to restore proper alignment, mobility, and balance within the musculoskeletal system. By doing this, it can reduce pain in the affected areas and promote overall health.

Our non-surgical treatments have been scientifically proven to be effective in relieving pain and managing inflammation associated with arthritis. Non-surgical therapies are often preferred due to their low risk of complications. Surgery can come with a wide variety of risks, including infection, scarring, and nerve damage. 

At-Home Arthritis Exercises

One way to combat arthritis pain is by performing at-home exercises that are specifically designed for those who suffer from arthritis. 

  • Stretching Exercises: Stretching exercises are an excellent way to help reduce stiffness and pain associated with arthritis. Stretches can be done for the entire body or just specific joints. It’s best to do several stretches per day, focusing on different parts of the body each time. Be sure to warm up your muscles before stretching and stop if you feel any pain. 
  • Range-of-Motion Exercises: Range-of-motion exercises help maintain joint flexibility by gradually increasing the range of motion in a particular joint. This can be achieved through simple movements such as circles, bends, and lifts. When doing range-of-motion exercises, start slow and gently and make sure that you don ’t overexert yourself. 
  • Strength-Training Exercises: Strength-training exercises are incredibly important for people with arthritis, as they help to maintain and even improve joint strength. This can be achieved by using light weights or resistance bands and performing exercises such as squats, lunges, and bicep curls. Again, start slow and make sure that you don’t push too hard. 
  • Aerobic Exercises: Aerobic exercise is a great way to increase your overall fitness level while also reducing the symptoms of arthritis. Choose activities such as walking, swimming, or cycling that will keep your joints moving but aren’t overly strenuous. Start slowly and gradually increase the intensity as you gain more strength.

Exercise can be essential for reducing pain and stiffness associated with arthritis, and it can help improve mobility. By engaging in regular exercise, such as walking, swimming, or biking, you can strengthen the joints and muscles around them to provide better support. Regular exercise may also lead to improved overall health by strengthening the heart and lungs. There are several types of exercises that may be beneficial for those with arthritis.  

At-home therapy is just as important as at-home exercises. It’s essential to let your body rest and rejuvenate from physical exertion. The best tool to help you do this is the UTK Quantum Wave Heating Pad. It can help you alleviate pain immediately and allow you to continue with your day.  

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How Do I Know If I Have Arthritis in My Hands?

Recognizing arthritis symptoms in hands can be crucial in understanding the condition and seeking appropriate treatment. Common signs include joint pain, stiffness, swelling, and reduced mobility. If you experience these symptoms, consult a healthcare professional who can evaluate your condition and provide guidance on management strategies or potential therapies for arthritis in hands.

Family Integrative Medicine Can Treat Your Arthritis Pain

If you or a loved one are living with chronic arthritis pain, it’s time to experience some relief. Our experienced, compassionate team will develop a customized arthritis treatment plan that will enhance your quality of life.  

Give us a call or stop by the office location closest to you. 


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