Contrary to popular belief, arthritis is not, in itself, a disease. When individuals experience ongoing joint pain or discomfort, they will often refer to their symptoms as ‘arthritis’ – a general term, of which there are more than 100 differing subtypes. More than 50 million adults nationwide suffer from symptoms of arthritis; men and women of all ages can be afflicted, dependent upon genetics, immune system health, age, and pre-existing medical conditions (including past injury). There are many types of arthritis (as previously mentioned), though the most common types include degenerative arthritis, inflammatory arthritis, metabolic arthritis, and infectious arthritis. Degenerative arthritis, also known as osteoarthritis, is by far the most common type. Osteoarthritis is caused by the wearing down of cartilage (the cushiony substance between two bones). When cartilage wears away, the bones rub together, causing a great deal of discomfort. If arthritis remains untreated for an extended period of time, pain may become chronic.

Symptoms of Arthritis

The majority of arthritis-related symptoms directly involve the joints. The most common symptoms of arthritis include:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Decreased flexibility
  • Stiffness

Symptoms of arthritis may vary depending on what specific type of arthritis an individual suffers from; though physical symptoms will typically include:

  • Wearing away of the bone cartilage, resulting in grinding of the bones (which in turn leads to restricted movement and intense pain)
  • Fatigue or malaise of the entire body
  • Loss of joint function
  • Limping/inability to walk with ease
  • Loss of range of motion
  • Ongoing issues with joints, such as redness, swelling, and stiffness

Treatment for Arthritis

If an individual is suffering from mild arthritis, or arthritis in the very beginning stages, symptoms can be adequately treated with an improved regime of self-care. Self-care may look like increased physical exercise (usually by ay of mild exercises such as tai-chi and yoga), changes to diet (with the ultimate goal of weight loss), heating pads and cold compresses, and decreased strenuous activity. Usually, a combination of self-care and therapeutic methods like acupuncture, hydrotherapy, and massage will be extremely beneficial in the alleviation of arthritis-related pain. If self-care proves ineffective, however, less conservative methods of treatment may prove necessary. Medications may be helpful, and surgery may be a necessary last resort (if symptoms fail to improve with non-invasive therapies).

How Comprehensive Pain of the Palm Beaches Treats Arthritis

We at Comprehensive Pain of the Palm Beaches treat each case of arthritis-related pain on a highly individualized and comprehensive basis. We will take a thorough look at personal history, as well as at the severity and persistence of related symptoms. If arthritis is in the beginning stages, and pain is mild to moderate, we will look to a combination of non-invasive therapies and anti-inflammatory medications. If pain is more severe and arthritis is more advanced, we will look into more efficient treatment options – utilizing surgical intervention as a last resort.

If you are suffering from arthritis, we can help. Call (561) 434-7577 and let the caring staff at Comprehensive Pain of the Palm Beaches get you on the path to healing.

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Dr. Gatz

Pain Management Specialist

Dr. Gatz has been practicing Pain Medicine for nearly 2 decades. He began his medical education by earning his Bachelors in Arts from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska in 1991. He then went on to earn his Doctor of Medicine degree from University of Nebraska College of Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska in1993.

After completing his internship at Creighton University Medical Center, in 1994, Dr. Gatz completed his Anesthesiology residency at Kansas University Medical Center and his Anesthesiology and Pain Management fellowship at the Medical University of South Carolina, in 1998.

Why Choose Our Clinic?

Comprehensive Pain of the Palm Beaches uses a patient centered approach to develop an appropriate treatment plan to help each patient overcome their pain.

  • State-of-the-art Digital Imaging System
  • High Quality Pain Diagnosis
  • Nearly 2 decades of Pain Management Experience
  • Fellowship Trained in Pain Management
  • Board Certified in Anesthesia
  • On-site Procedure Rooms
  • Non-surgical and Surgical Care Customized to Your Needs
  • Individually Tailored Pain Management Treatment
  • Results Oriented Treatment
  • South Florida’s Dedicated Full-service Pain Management Clinic

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