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Rheumatoid And Osteoarthritis

Achieve Wellness Medical Center

Pain Management Medical Practices located in Columbia, MO

An estimated 58.5 million Americans suffer from chronic joint pain because of arthritis, especially rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. At Achieve Wellness Medical Center, the team offers a variety of nonsurgical solutions to manage chronic arthritis pain, including medications, physical therapy, and enriched plasma injections. Services are also available to restore function in your joint, so you can stay physically active. Call the office in Columbia, Missouri, to schedule a diagnostic evaluation for rheumatoid arthritis today or book an appointment online.

Rheumatoid and Osteoarthritis Q&A

What are rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis?

Rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis are two of the most common forms of arthritis, a degenerative disease that affects the health and function of your joints.

Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic autoimmune disease that causes your immune system to mistakenly attack otherwise healthy joints.

The disease causes inflammation and irritation in the lining of your joints and can ultimately destroy the cartilage and bone within your joint.

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is a type of wear-and-tear arthritis. This disease causes the protective cartilage of your joints to break down and wear away.

Without this cartilage, your joint bones can rub together creating friction and pain. Over time, untreated osteoarthritis can lead to chronic joint dysfunction and deformities.

How is rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis diagnosed?

The providers at Achieve Wellness Medical Center offer on-site diagnostic testing services to identify the type of arthritis you have. They can also assess the extent of joint damage you have because of the disease.

You can expect to have blood tests and the physicians may also take a sample of fluid from the affected joint to confirm rheumatoid arthritis. To diagnose osteoarthritis, you may undergo diagnostic imaging tests, like:

  • X-rays
  • Ultrasound
  • Computed tomography (CT) scans
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

Based on the results of your testing, the providers customize a treatment plan to minimize your pain and restore function in your affected joints.

How is rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis treated?

The providers at Achieve Wellness Medical Center can treat rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis with similar treatments. Many people benefit from physical therapy and at-home exercises to strengthen the muscles that support the affected joint. 

To reduce joint inflammation, the physicians may recommend over-the-counter or prescription medications. If oral medications aren’t enough to relieve your symptoms, you may be a candidate for joint injections. These injections deliver anesthetic and anti-inflammatory medicines directly into the joint.

Achieve Wellness Medical Center also offers enriched plasma therapy. Enriched plasma is a substance found naturally in your body that helps stimulate new tissue growth. enriched plasma injections can heal damaged joints from the inside out to reduce chronic pain and inflammation that’s common with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.

If you have severe joint deformities or loss of joint function, the providers may refer you for surgery to replace part or all of the damaged joint.

Call Achieve Wellness Medical Center today to schedule a diagnostic evaluation for rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis pain or book an appointment online.