There are two basic types of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. The common denominator between the two is inflammation of the affected joints that can make daily tasks or activities difficult or painful.
Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain (RA)
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease, in which the body recognizes its own tissue as a foreign invader. To “protect” itself, the body’s immune system perceives and attacks some of its own cells as “foreign” bodies, a reaction that causes a build-up of fluid in the joints. RA is chronic, and there is no cure; however, early diagnosis and treatment can help keep the disease in remission.
Osteoarthritis Pain (OA)
Osteoarthritis is caused by the breakdown of cartilage within the joints, which results in pain and swelling in the affected joints and, in some cases, in the adjoining ligaments, tendons and muscles. When the cartilage breakdown occurs over time from wear-and-tear on the joints, it is referred to as “primary osteoarthritis,” but it is important to recognize that primary osteoarthritis is NOT an essential part of the normal aging process. When a joint becomes arthritic some time after an acute injury, it is referred to as “Secondary OA.” A complication in correctly diagnosing and treating arthritis is that there are so many other medical conditions that share the same symptoms, including biotoxicity, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome or an acute joint or muscle injury. If properly diagnosed and treated, arthritis doesn’t have to stop you from enjoying an active lifestyle. If you already have tried different medications and treatments with unsuccessful results, don’t give up yet. The Kaplan Center offers customized, integrated treatment programs, designed to relieve you of your arthritis pain and forestall its degenerative process on your joints. At the Kaplan Center our physicians have years of experience treating patients with chronic pain conditions, and we completely reject the notion that “you just have to live with it.”