Arthritis Specialist

ReGenesis Medical Center

Pain Management located in Ann Arbor, MI

Did you know that about 54 million American adults have arthritis? Though common, arthritis is painful and may negatively affect your mobility. At ReGenesis Medical Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the caring team of pain management experts regularly works with men and women to diagnose and treat arthritis using safe, holistic, and drug-free means. To request your consultation at ReGenesis Medical Center today, call the office.

Arthritis Q & A

What is arthritis?

Arthritis is an umbrella term used to describe a group of chronic diseases that cause swelling and pain in one or more of your joints. There are dozens of types of arthritis, but the two most common are rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. 

Rheumatoid arthritis causes your immune system to attack the lining of your joints (the synovium). Over time, this causes your joints to swell, affecting their mobility. Osteoarthritis causes your cartilage — a soft, padded substance that cushions your joints — to deteriorate and wear away. Ultimately, this causes your bones to rub up against one another, causing stiffness and pain. 

If you’re suffering from arthritis-related pain, don’t hesitate to seek medical treatment. Request an appointment at ReGenesis Medical Center today.

What are the symptoms of arthritis?

Symptoms of arthritis usually affect your joints. Regardless of the type of arthritis you have, it’s common to experience:

  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Warmth
  • Redness

As arthritis progresses, it’s also common to experience a decreased range of motion. For example, if you have rheumatoid arthritis, you might find it difficult to participate in activities that rely on your hands and fingers such as sewing, woodwork, or typing. 

Who is at risk of arthritis?

Arthritis affects people of all backgrounds, but certain factors can increase your risk, including:

  • Being middle-aged or older
  • Having a family history of arthritis
  • Being overweight
  • Suffering a previous joint injury

Your sex also plays a role: Women are more likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis, while men are more susceptible to gout, a type of arthritis that causes uric acid to build up in your bloodstream.

How is arthritis diagnosed?

To diagnose arthritis, your ReGenesis Medical Center provider reviews your medical history, conducts a physical exam, and asks you questions about your symptoms. Your provider might also ask you to perform a series of in-office exercises to see how well you can move your joints.

If these steps don’t provide adequate information, your provider might also order a series of X-rays or laboratory tests. Depending on your symptoms, your ReGenesis Medical Center provider might recommend analyzing your blood, urine, or joint fluid.

How is arthritis treated?

The caring providers at ReGenesis Medical Center use holistic, noninvasive methods of treatment to ease the symptoms of arthritis. If you have mild or moderate symptoms, the team might recommend lifestyle changes like eating a more balanced diet, exercising regularly, and losing weight. 

If your arthritis is more serious, you might benefit from massage, physical therapy, or anti-inflammatory nutritional supplements. Anti-inflammatory nutrition helps decrease inflammation and promotes the growth of healthy joint tissue. 

To learn more about the various noninvasive, holistic treatments for arthritis, make an appointment at ReGenesis Medical Center today by calling the office.