Arthritis, a catch-all term for over 100 different types of joint conditions, affects people of all ages and can significantly impact your daily activities. Dignity Health Central Coast orthopedic experts understand your discomfort, offering compassionate care for your arthritis pain.
Dignity Health Central Coast’s orthopedic services doctors provide treatment for all types of arthritis. Find a Doctor today to discuss your options for arthritis relief on the Central Coast.
Identifying Symptoms of Arthritis at Dignity Health Central Coast
Arthritis comes in many forms. Joint pain is a common symptom. A Dignity Health Central Coast arthritis doctor will discuss your signs and symptoms in order to provide arthritis pain relief.
In addition to joint pain, you also may notice joint swelling and warmth, stiffness, and difficulty bending your joint. If you have osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis, you may hear clicking and crackling sounds when you bend your joint. Some forms of arthritis can cause fever, fatigue, muscle aches, eye pain, and skin redness.
Your chances of developing arthritis increase if you have a family history or arthritis or if you are:
- Older than 65
- Not active and don’t exercise regularly
Types of Arthritis & Treatment
With so many different arthritis conditions, your Dignity Health Central Coast arthritis doctor will help you understand your arthritis pain and personalize treatment that fits your lifestyle.
Arthritis types include:
- Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and lupus, when the immune system mistakes healthy tissues as harmful to your body and attacks them
- Gout, a buildup of uric acid crystals in your joints
- Osteoarthritis, often caused by wear and tear of your cartilage and bone or a previous joint injury
Although arthritis doesn’t have a cure, medications can relieve your pain and reduce swelling. Physical therapy and occupational therapy can help your joints stay healthy and improve mobility. Contact a Dignity Health Central Coast expert to learn more about the causes of arthritis and find a treatment that gets you back to a pain-free life.
Dignity Health doctors provide exceptional, personalized care for arthritis throughout California’s Central Coast.