ARTHRITIS

If you suffer from arthritic pain, you are not alone. There are more than 70 million Americans who are affected by arthritis

At Scott Medical Center, we know that arthritis does not just affect those over the age of retirement. Over 50 million Americans, under the age of 65, are affected by arthritis. It is our mission to work with you to identify your specific symptoms and develop a treatment plan that best fits your needs.

Our Treatments

Laser treatment

By stimulating acupressure points with laser technology, we can improve blood flow to the joints and reduce swelling. With increased circulation, cells begin to heal faster and new, supportive collagen can form around the ligaments and muscles.

Microamperage Neural Therapy

This type of physiotherapy works to improve flexibility while relieving pain. This process utilizes electrodes attached to your skin to transfer minimal electric currents to the joints in order to reduce pain and increase endorphin production.

Pain Management Injections

Pain management injections immediately address your pain. This treatment is used to alleviate chronic pain so that we can work with you to identify the cause of your discomfort, and generate a treatment plan that can improve your condition.

The following are injections used to help alleviate arthritis pain:

Supartz Injections –
Supartz injections contain Hyaluronate, a substance that is similar to the naturally occurring substances in your knee. These injections work as lubricants and shock absorbers in the joints and help the knees move smoothly while decreasing joint pain.

Kenalog Injections –
Kenalog injections work by decreasing your body’s immune response to arthritis and reducing pain, swelling and inflammation.

Massage Therapy

A representative of the University of Miami School of Medicine states that massaging the muscles regularly can increase mobility while relieving pain and stiffness. A single light pressure massage every day can significantly improve your arthritis symptoms.

Ultrasound Therapy

This treatment is common for all arthritis patients, but particularly beneficial for those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. There are areas surrounding the joints that are too deep for traditional heating therapies to reach. Ultrasound therapy improves tissue healing and stimulates blood flow around those joints by sending heat to the inflamed areas.

Can I Do Anything At Home?

Moist heat therapy

Moist heat therapy is a treatment that Scott Medical Center uses to work with you to develop both at home and within our facilities. Through hot towels, hot baths, and steam baths, moist heat therapy reduces muscle spasms by stimulating blood circulation around the muscles and raising your body’s pain threshold. Because heat travels faster through water, this treatment can deliver more heat to your muscles, joints and the surrounding areas than other heating therapies.

Pilates

Pilates is a great exercise for those suffering from arthritis because each movement can be customized to work specific joints and muscles. Pilates enables you to contract your muscles without moving your joints. If you experience joint pain in the elbows but would like to strengthen your arms, try pressing your palms together. The goal of each Pilates movement is to increase muscle strength, improve mobility and posture, and enhance both your physical and mental health.

Is Arthritis Common?

The following are the most common forms of arthritis and their related symptoms:

Osteoarthritis

  • Joint soreness after movement
  • Pain after periods of inactivity
  • Bony enlargements in the middle and end joints of the fingers

Rheumatoid Arthritis

  • Inflammation, swelling or stiffness in the fingers, arms, legs, and wrists
  • Chest pain or difficulty breathing
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Red, swollen eyes
  • Spots on or around the fingertips

Juvenile Arthritis

  • Recurrent fever
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Blotchy rash on the arms and legs
  • Joint stiffness or swelling

What Causes Arthritis?

There are no specific causes of arthritis, but several factors can increase your risk of developing arthritis:

Age

Because the strength of bone tissue decreases, the risk of developing arthritis increases with age.

Previous injury

Cartilage is damaged when bones and muscles are injured.

Work

Heavy lifting or repetitive movement in the workplace can stress the joints and cause injuries.

Obesity

Weight gain puts stress on the joints and increases the risk of arthritis.

Gender

In many cases, arthritis is more common in women than in men.