Arthritis isn’t just a problem for older adults. Rheumatoid arthritis typically appears between the ages of 35-50, and you can develop osteoarthritis as a young adult if you suffer a joint injury that accelerates joint degeneration. Double board-certified pain specialist Daniel Loder, MD, and his team specialize in a wide range of cutting-edge treatments that can slow down progressive joint damage, alleviate your pain, and help maintain optimal function. To learn more about your arthritis treatment options, book an appointment online, or call one of the Los Angeles area offices in Beverly Hills, Torrance, or Manhattan Beach, California.
Arthritis generally refers to joint inflammation, which encompasses many conditions. However, two types of arthritis account for most cases:
Osteoarthritis occurs over the years as normal joint movement wears away the protective cartilage covering the ends of bones. This type of arthritis begins in weight-bearing joints such as your hips and knees, but it can affect any joint in your body.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that develops as your immune system attacks the synovial membrane lining the joint. Untreated inflammation gradually leads to joint deformities.
Rheumatoid arthritis begins in small joints, typically in your fingers and toes. However, the inflammation can spread to other joints and throughout your body.
Both types of arthritis cause joint pain, stiffness, and loss of movement that gets worse as the disease progresses. Osteoarthritis gradually causes inflammation inside the joint. By comparison, rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory condition that causes noticeable swelling.
If you have rheumatoid arthritis, your treatment begins with medications called disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs). DMARDs prevent joint damage by slowing down the progression of the disease.
Structured exercise or physical therapy is an essential part of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis treatment. Moving the joint helps to diminish the pain and maintain range of motion.
When your pain persists or prevents you from exercising, the Daniel Loder, MD, team offers advanced arthritis treatment options such as:
Your provider may recommend injecting steroids into the joint, where they reduce inflammation and alleviate pain.
Patients with osteoarthritis may benefit from viscosupplementation, which is an injection of hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid lubricates the joint and improves movement.
Regenerative medicine is another type of joint injection that contains orthobiologic treatments Your provider uses image guidance to inject these substances directly at the site of damaged tissues in your joint.
Orthobiologic treatments accelerate healing and regulate inflammation, while Orthobiologic treatments naturally regenerate new tissues, replacing and repairing the damaged tissues in your arthritic joint.
Interventional medicine includes minimally invasive procedures such as epidural injections, nerve blocks, spinal cord stimulation, and radiofrequency ablation.
Though they use different methods, these procedures block the nerves from transmitting pain messages to your brain. As a result, your pain is significantly diminished.
If you need help overcoming arthritis pain, call Daniel Loder, MD, or schedule an appointment online.