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Are you suffering from pain due to arthritis? Did you know the word arthritis pertains to more than 100 varieties of inflammation that affects the joints? When inflamed, joints may become stiff, resulting in limited mobility and flexibility. You may also experience some pain. In some types of arthritis, there may be adverse effects on the skin and internal organs.

There are three common types of arthritis; the most common is osteoarthritis. This condition generally affects cartilage. When cartilage wears away, it causes the bones to rub against each other. This results in pain and swelling due to the friction between bones. Osteoarthritis usually occurs in the knees, hips and spine.

Rheumatoid arthritis is a recurring illness that usually affects the knees, wrists and hands. Inflammation of the joints, if left untreated, can spread to the surrounding tissues. Eventually it will cause damage to the bones.

Gout is triggered by high levels of uric acid. When the body is unable to eliminate uric acid, it forms crystals in the joints, causing pain and swelling. This chronic condition generally occurs in the wrist, knee and big toe joints.

If youve noticed, all three types of arthritis, as well as the others, share similar symptoms. There is pain, swelling and stiffness. Arthritis may also be accompanied by tenderness and deformity of the affected joints.

Arthritis is caused by a variety of factors, which include age, gender, being overweight, family history and lifestyle.

Did you know arthritis is more common in women than men? The risk of developing the disease also increases as you age. If you are overweight, the excess pounds put added pressure on the joints, fast-tracking their wear and tear and increasing the risk of arthritis. Moreover, if your job entails a lot of heavy lifting or repetitive physical movements, this may contribute to joint wear and tear and lead to osteoarthritis.


The Right Treatment

Interventional pain specialist Arif B. Khan, MD, offers lasting solutions for several pain conditions. He has helped people of all ages in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex area of TX. His treatment recommendations always start with conservative interventions such as activity modification, therapeutic exercise or physical therapy.

I'm very pleased with the Medtronic Neurostimulator I received on the advice of Dr Khan. - Bridget.E

Arif B. Khan, MD, is the medical director of Texas Interventional Pain Care, an interventional pain center specializing in the treatment of many painful conditions, and located at 2201 N. Central Express Way, Suite 171, Richardson, TX 75080; 4800 North Galloway Ave. Suite 300 Mesquite, Texas 75150. Phone: 972-952-0290 or fax 972-952-0293.