Arthritis is an often painful, but common, joint condition that affects over three million individuals in the US every year. The main symptoms of arthritis are joint pain and stiffness, which typically worsen with age. The most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. At Maragal Medical in Leominster, MA we treat all the major types of arthritis with cutting-edge treatment options, including joint injections, to help you regain movement and minimize joint pain.
Risk factors for arthritis include:
- Previous joint injury
- Obesity, which adds stress to joints
- Gender – women tend to develop rheumatoid arthritis while men more likely get gout, another type of arthritis
- Age, which increases the risk of many common types of arthritis
Osteoarthritis, one of the most common types of arthritis, causes cartilage — the hard, slippery tissue that covers the ends of bones where they form a joint — to break down. Rheumatoid arthritis is a disease in which the immune system attacks the joints, beginning with the lining of joints.
Individuals dealing with painful joint conditions such as osteoarthritis, bursitis, or tendonitis, may benefit from joint injections to help relieve pain and stiffness caused by arthritis. In fact, joint injections have proven to be beneficial for knees, shoulders, ankles, elbows, and even hips. Small joints in the hands, wrists, and feet may also gain some relief from some types of joint injections.
One of the most effective injections for arthritis is hyaluronic acid, a fluid naturally produced in the human body. Hyaluronic acid acts as a natural lubricant for aging joints that have begun to “dry out,” losing some of their lubricity and cushioning which can cause the bones to rub directly together, causing stiffness and pain.
At Maragal Medical, we prefer to take the most natural approach to alleviating your joint pain, such as hyaluronic acid injections. In many cases, joint injections are just one part of your overall treatment plan for minimizing arthritis pain and improving joint performance. Contact us today to learn more about pain-reducing joint injections and other proven treatments available here at Maragal Medical.