Millions of people across the country experience pain from arthritis every day. The pain can range from mild discomfort to debilitating.
Effectively treating arthritis depends in large part on the severity of the condition and any related conditions.
Pain specialist Dr. Alik Saidov of Physician Partners of America in Arlington, TX, treats patients with varied arthritis-related conditions on a regular basis.
Below he provides some insight into treatment options and how best to prevent becoming arthritic.
Question: I take over the counter medication for my arthritis, but it’s not effective. What are other treatment options are there?
Dr. Saidov: “First, the pain should be evaluated by a specialist to determine the cause of arthritis. It could be from most common type “wear-and-tear” osteoarthrosis or a part of underlying pathology (e.g. rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, etc). The treatment options may vary from simple OTC medications to very strong pain and anti-inflammatory medications and injections into joints.”
Q: Are there specific things I can do in my daily life to reduce arthritis pain?
Dr. Saidov: “This depends on the type of arthritis. Recommendations could range from physical therapy to increase range of motion, to cold/warm applications, braces and more.”
Q: Since I know I have arthritis, are there any other conditions I should keep an eye out for?
Dr. Saidov: “It could be from most common type “wear-and-tear” osteoarthritis or a part of underlying pathology (e.g. rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, Lupus, avascular necrosis, etc). It is important to be evaluated by a specialist first.”