Expert Care Center
Gazelle Aram, MD
Pain Management located in Delray Beach, FL
Arthritis Q & A
What is arthritis?
There are two types of arthritis that are by far the most common, osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis, the most common, is what’s known as a wear-and-tear disease because it develops after the cartilage protecting the ends of your bones erodes from years of use.
Once the cartilage starts to erode, the bones in your joints lose their protection and start to rub together. This starts up a cycle of inflammation, swelling, and pain that generally worsens over time as the cartilage wears away further.
Rheumatoid arthritis, which affects fewer people than osteoarthritis, is an autoimmune disease. This means it’s caused by a fault in your immune system that makes it attack your joint linings.
What are the symptoms of arthritis?
How is arthritis treated?
- Pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory medications
- Physical therapy
- Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections
- Stem cell therapy
- Steroid Injections
- “Gel” shots or Visco supplementation