What Are Rheumatic Conditions?
Rheumatic diseases are defined as diseases that affect your joints and muscles. Some of the most common are osteoarthritis, which is the result of wear and tear that decreases the amount of cartilage around your joints, and rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease that involves the immune system attacking your own tissues.
AVORS specializes in treatment and pain management for arthritis and a number of additional rheumatic conditions. Together, we’ll help you achieve peace of mind and live a life free from joint pain.
Types of Arthritis
Arthritis comes in many forms. Infectious arthritis comes from bacterial or viral infection. Osteoarthritis breaks down joint cartilage, while psoriatic arthritis affects the skin, joints, fingers, and toes. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic disease affecting almost 1.5 million people in the US. Untreated RA can lead to long-term joint damage.
Arthritis and Gender
Arthritis is slightly more likely to be diagnosed in women. According to the CDC, 26% of women report doctor-diagnosed arthritis, as opposed to 19% of men. However, these statistics may not tell the whole story, since patients tend to underreport instances of chronic pain. If you suspect that you may have arthritis, don’t hesitate to report it. Rather than adjusting your life to a baseline standard of pain, get the treatment you need to live pain-free.
Arthritis and BMI
23% of those with a high body mass index (BMI) live with doctor-diagnosed arthritis. This number rises to 31% in those who are clinically obese. This could be because carrying extra body mass adds to the amount of stress on the joints.
No matter your circumstances, you can get the treatment and compassionate care you need at AVORS Medical Group. If you need arthritis treatment in Antelope Valley, Ridgecrest, or Valencia, schedule your appointment right away.