Arthritis Treatment Manhattan, NYC
Even though arthritis is a common disease, it should still be taken seriously. Early care, and a reliable arthritis treatment program can help combat the progression of this painful condition. The amount of rehabilitation to your joints that will be possible with arthritis treatment is determined by the level of damage to your joints when you start treatment.
Many people make the mistake in early stages, to simply take an over the counter pain reliever and procrastinating medical care. But rheumatoid arthritis is a more complex disease than just a little swelling and pain. During an active attack white blood cells are released into the joint and begin attacking joint tissue in the same manner they would attack microorganisms. The result over time can be severe.
An orthopaedic doctor can help diagnose your condition and recommend arthritis treatment to fight progression, and help manage pain. If you live in the Manhattan, New York area, consider the Columbia Center for Shoulder, Elbow & Sports Medicine. Although our name indicates shoulders and elbows, we offer arthritis treatment for hips and knees as well. We have no average doctors on our staff, each doctor is recognized as an expert in his field.
During your first visit, one of our doctors will discuss your case history and ascertain the current progression of your disease. This may involve X-rays and other tests. Your arthritis treatment will likely include the prescription of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to help relieve inflammation and pain, and disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) to slow or even stop the progression of your arthritis. Exercise may also be recommended as it is extremely beneficial in strengthening joints and helping to prevent arthritis progression.
If your arthritis has progressed to the point that your joints are deteriorated, surgery may be necessary. This may include total shoulder or hip replacement surgery, where the existing joint is removed and replaced with an artificial joint. In even the most severe cases this surgery has often proven to be a life saver. When undergoing a surgery of this nature, it is imperative to have an orthopaedic surgeon who is experienced and knowledgeable.
The first step to recovery is to call the Columbia Center for Shoulder, Elbow & Sports Medicine and set up an appointment today. Why live with pain if you don't have to?