Are you living with joint pain, stiffness, swelling, and other unpleasant symptoms caused by arthritis? If so, you can turn to North Carolina Orthopaedic Clinic. We’ve been assisting patients in the Durham, North Carolina, area with a wide array of musculoskeletal issues since our founding in 2003, and we’d love the opportunity to help you with your arthritis pain.
What Is Arthritis?
Arthritis is a painful condition that causes swelling and tenderness within the joints. There are numerous types of arthritis, the most common being osteoarthritis. With osteoarthritis, the cartilage that covers the ends of the bones gradually wears away, eventually causing the bones to grind against each other. Another common type of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, develops when someone’s immune system attacks the lining of his or her joints, resulting in inflammation.
Treatment Options for Arthritis Pain
In many instances, arthritis pain can be treated using conservative, nonsurgical methods, including:
- Pain medication
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Topical pain relievers
- Heat and cold therapy
- Massage therapy
- Physical therapy
- Gentle exercise
In cases where conservative techniques aren’t sufficient to relieve arthritis pain, joint repair or replacement surgery may be necessary.
Meet With an Orthopedic Specialist
If you’d like to meet with one of the orthopedists at our Durham, NC, office to discuss your condition, contact North Carolina Orthopaedic Clinic today. We offer next-day scheduling, so you won’t have to wait long for an appointment. During your consultation, we’ll ask you about your symptoms, perform an examination, and recommend a treatment plan targeted at relieving your arthritis pain.