Arthritis can completely change your life, making even simple movements difficult and painful. Fortunately, your doctors at Rios Healthcare Associates in Houston, TX, Drs. Tomas Rios and Nicolin Neal, offer treatments that will help relieve your pain and stiffness.
Injuries and wear and tear destroy the cartilage at the ends of your bones if you have osteoarthritis. Without that protective layer of cartilage, the bones in your joints rub together painfully. Osteoarthritis can affect any joint but is most likely to occur in your hips, knees, spine, and hands.
Rheumatoid arthritis, another of the more than 100 forms of arthritis, happens when your immune system attacks the lining of your joints. Most people first notice rheumatoid arthritis symptoms in their toes or fingers. Eventually, the disease begins to affect the larger joints.
If you have arthritis, you may experience any of these symptoms:
Over-the-counter pain medication, hot or cold packs and pain-relieving patches can dull the pain of arthritis. Regular exercise and a healthy diet will help you keep your joints moving freely and prevent weight gain, which may stress your joints.
If home treatment doesn't improve your pain, it's a good idea to pay a visit to Houston, TX, office. Depending on the type of arthritis and the severity of your symptoms, you may benefit from one or more of these treatments:
Don't let arthritis pain keep you on the couch. Call Drs. Tomas Rios and Nicolin Neal of Rios Healthcare Associates in Houston, TX, at (832) 323-9230 to schedule your appointment.