Arthritis is a common health problem that many older people suffer from. If you think you might have developed arthritis and you may have use of regenerative medicine such as platelet rich plasma. Call our Los Angeles, CA, office to make your appointment for assessment and therapy. We at West LA Medical are here to help.
What Is Arthritis?
Arthritis is a disease that causes the joints to become swollen and to feel tender. Patients may have arthritis in just one joint, or they may have it in two or several. With this condition, the joints start to feel painful and get stiff, and over time it generally progresses to become even more painful. There are several types, and the most common of them are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Those who have rheumatoid arthritis have a lot of pain in the affected joints as those joints are attacked by the immune system of the patient. This process starts with the lining of the joints and progresses from there. When patients have osteoarthritis, cartilage tissue covering the bones of the joint begins to deteriorate. There is another type of arthritis called gout that comes from having a high level of uric acid in the blood. There are also other issues that can cause this condition.
If you have arthritis, there are a number of symptoms that may start to surface. In most cases, there is pain in an affected joint or in multiple joints. There may also be stiffness in those joints as well as swelling. Many people find that they have more trouble doing things that used to be easy for them. There may also be redness at the joints, and you may have less of a range of motion. If you have these problems, therapy like platelet rich plasma can often help with the condition.
If you have family members who have arthritis, you are more likely to get it. If your immediate family members have it, you need to pay attention to any symptoms that occur. As you become older, arthritis becomes more likely to develop. Women are more likely to get rheumatoid arthritis than men. Being obese can increase your risk or severity and having a joint injury can raise your likelihood as well.
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If you think you have arthritis, or you have already been diagnosed with it, call our Los Angeles, CA, office to make an appointment for therapy with regenerative medicine. Call us at (310) 427-7374 for West LA Medical.