Many people consider “arthritis” a single issue, but there are more than 100 types of arthritis and “like diseases.” Integrated Pain Consultants helps all types of arthritis sufferers with pain management and relief. Still, just a few types of arthritis are the most common. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that over 30 percent of adults with arthritis say that it reduces their work and leisure activities. Of those, 25 percent also says their arthritis causes severe pain. We also invite you to learn more about Dr. Nikesh Seth and other providers including Dr. Anne-Marie Cosijns, Dr. Lisa Sparks, Dr. Michael Givens, and our team of Nurse Practitioners.
The most common types of arthritis include osteoarthritis, psoriatic arthritis, gout, rheumatoid arthritis, and fibromyalgia. Each of these types leads to a different type of pain. For example, osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage in joints begins to break down. It leads to more difficult and painful movements. When the cartilage has been broken down to a certain threshold, bones can start to rub against each other and cause severe pain.
Psoriatic arthritis is a type of autoimmune inflammatory disease that happens when the immune system attacks your body. It can cause pain and inflammation. This type of arthritis affects the joints including the space where ligaments and tendons attach to bones. Gout used to be called the “rich man’s disease” because it can be exacerbated by the frequent consumption of red meats, such as steak. It’s a type of inflammatory arthritis that affects a specific part of the body (often starting with the big toe). Gout is the accumulation of uric acid crystals in the joints, causing pain and inflammation.
Rheumatoid arthritis can affect the joints and organs when the body’s immune system attacks. The role of the immune system is to safeguard you from viruses and bacteria, but in rheumatoid arthritis, the system is overactive and attacks healthy tissues in the body. Usually, the target is the synovial lining of the joints and it can lead to permanent joint damage. Fibromyalgia is a “central pain syndrome,” which means the brain and spinal cord fail to agree on their pain signaling. In other words, something that isn’t painful or is mildly painful to someone else might be painful to a fibromyalgia sufferer. The pain may be centralized, widespread, constant, or come and go.
If you suffer from any type of pain, including any of the 100 types of arthritis pain, it’s time to put pain management first. You may benefit from our alternative pain management therapies such as joint injections, ketamine infusions and more. Contact Integrated Pain Consultants at 480-626-2552 to schedule a consultation.