Arthritis

Paul Sandhu, MD -  - Pain Management

Pain Solvers

Paul Sandhu, MD

Pain Management & Regenerative Medicine located in North Beach/Telegraph Hill, San Francisco, CA & Pleasant Hill, CA

If your joint pain and stiffness are getting worse as you age, you may be among the 54 million adults in the United States who have arthritis. The highly-skilled team of care providers at Pain Solvers can provide arthritis consultations at their North Beach/Telegraph Hill office in San Francisco, and expert treatment at their Pleasant Hill, California location. Call the practice or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment to learn about your arthritis treatment options.

Arthritis Q & A

What is arthritis?

Arthritis is a term used to describe over 100 conditions involving inflammation of the joints or tissues around the joints. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, and it causes cartilage between your bones to break down, leaving them unprotected. Pain then develops from your bones rubbing together. 

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease and the second-most common form of arthritis. It involves the immune system attacking tissues inside the joint. Without treatment, rheumatoid arthritis causes joint deformity and can lead to other health problems involving your nerves, organs, or eyes.

How can I tell if I have arthritis?

Most people who have arthritis in their joints have pains that get worse with physical activity and feel better with rest. It’s common to experience changing physical symptoms along with changes in the weather. Arthritis may impair your ability to perform even routine, daily tasks. The location and type of pain may vary, depending on the form of arthritis and the severity of the condition.

What causes arthritis?

The cause of arthritis also varies depending on your type of arthritis, and most types are caused by a combination of factors. Some forms of arthritis have no obvious cause, while others may be genetic.  

Possible causes of arthritis include:

  • Genetics contribute to osteoarthritis
  • Physical injuries lead to degenerative arthritis
  • Immune system dysfunctions lead to rheumatoid arthritis

Additional factors may increase your risk of arthritis, including:

  • Injuries
  • Infection
  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • High blood pressure
  • Physically demanding occupations

How is arthritis treated?

There is no cure for most types of arthritis, but early detection and treatment can relieve your symptoms. Arthritis treatment provides pain relief, attempts to minimize damage to the joints, and may prevent the progression of the condition. Your provider at Pain Solvers creates a customized arthritis treatment plan for your condition, including one or more of the following:

  • Physical therapy
  • Exercise
  • Dietary changes
  • Weight management
  • Over-the-counter medications
  • Injections
  • Topical creams
  • Chiropractic care

If you don’t experience relief from your arthritis pain with over-the-counter medications and other at-home treatment options, give Pain Solvers a call or use the online booking tool to learn about more aggressive treatment options.