New Arthritis Treatments
Physical therapy or gentle range of motion exercises can be very ___________ to arthritic patients.
Hello, I'm Dr. Robert Fenell, founder of HandAndFootClinicsOfAmerica.com, and I'm here today on behalf of About.com to talk to you about new arthritis treatments.Arthritis treatments are designed to accomplish 3 things: relieve the pain associated with the condition, reduce the inflammation, and slowing or stopping the progression of the actual disease process. Accomplishing these three things will improve a patient's functional capacity, their ability to bend and move, giving them more strength so they can enjoy their life activities.Treatments will vary depending on the type of arthritis the patient has. Rheumatoid arthritis is usually treated using two different types of medications. The first one is an anti-inflammatory medication such as corticosteroids, to reduce the swelling and inflammation caused by the process. A second line drug is also used in order to slow down or discontinue the disease process from continuing and worsening. These second line drugs will not address the inflammation process, but will help to slow down the joint degradation or degeneration process.Osteoarthritis is another type of arthritic condition and is also know as degenerative arthritis or Degenerative Joint Disease. Osteoarthritis will usually be treated using non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDS, and more severe cases of osteoarthritis may even be treated using certain narcotic drugs to alleviate higher pain levels.As patients are now becoming more educated about the potential side effects with taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatories or even steroidal inflammatory medications for their arthritis, they're becoming increasingly more interested in the conservative, more natural options available today. Various therapies and physical modalities continue to improve in their pain management for arthritis cases. Physical therapy or gentle range of motion type exercises can be very beneficial to arthritic patients, to improve range of motion and strength.Chiropractic or osteopathic joint manipulation can also be a wonderful value to those patients suffering from either rheumatoid or osteoarthritis. As science continues to improve, the options for treating various different types of Arthritis conditions with fewer side effects will improve as well. Be certain to talk to your doctor about the available treatments and therapies and what would be most suited for your particular condition.Thank you so much for watching today. To learn more, visit us online at About.com.