Arthritis Specialist

Right Path Family Practice

Family Medicine located in San Antonio, TX

You knew your body would slow down with age. But that doesn’t mean you’re happy with your sore, achy joints and the way they limit your mobility. Arthritis doesn’t have to change your life, though. At Right Path Family Practice, the dedicated team of joint pain experts is available to effectively treat your arthritis so you can reclaim your quality of life. To learn more, call their office in San Antonio, Texas, or schedule your appointment online.

Arthritis

What is arthritis?

Arthritis is inflammation in your joints. That inflammation can cause anything from dull aching to severe pain. It can impact any joint in your body, including your:

  • Knees
  • Hips
  • Shoulders
  • Wrists
  • Elbows
  • Ankles
  • Feet
  • Hands

 

Is all arthritis the same?

No. In fact, there are over 100 different kinds of arthritis. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Osteoarthritis

The more common of the two types of arthritis, osteoarthritis arises from wear and tear on your joints over time. Specifically, people suffer from osteoarthritis pain because their cartilage breaks down. Your cartilage is supposed to provide a coating on the ends of your bones, preventing them from grinding against one another. Without it, you experience joint pain, and your range of mobility may be limited.

Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic disorder in which your body’s own immune system attacks your synovial membrane or the lining of your joints. The lining swells and inflammation occur because of the attack. Your body registers that inflammation as joint pain.

 

Can my arthritis be treated?

Absolutely. In fact, you have a few options for effectively managing your joint pain.

Joint injections

Right Path Family Practice offers a range of joint injections to ease your pain, including trigger point injections, steroid injections, Synvisc-One® injections for osteoarthritis in the knees, and AmnioFix®.

AmnioFix is a joint pain injection consisting of a placental tissue allograft of the amniotic membrane. This naturally derived injection sends hundreds of healing agents to your joint, stimulating its natural healing process. This non-surgical, regenerative arthritis treatment even attracts your body’s own stem cells to the area so your joint has its best chance at healing itself.

Medication

You probably already guessed that you can take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for your pain and inflammation. But your medication options don’t end there. There are also disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) and biologic response modifiers, which can be effective in slowing the immune system’s attack on the joints, helping people with rheumatoid arthritis.

Physical therapy

One of the most frustrating things about arthritis is the way it limits your mobility. Through specific exercises, you can strengthen the muscles surrounding your joints and improve your range of motion.

Taking Pure Encapsulations® supplements may also help ease arthritic symptoms and your Right Path Family Practice provider can explain if they are right for you.

Arthritic pain doesn’t have to be your new normal. The joint pain experts at Right Path Family Practice are available to treat your pain so you can enjoy your life without limitations. Call the office or book your appointment online today.