Arthritis Specialist

Renova Medical Center -  - Integrated Medical Center

Renova Medical Center

Integrated Medical Center located in Columbia, MO

Arthritis isn't just one disease, but rather a catchall term for over 100 diseases that cause inflammation or pain in your joints. Arthritis is very common — over 50 million people in the United States have some form of it — and it’s the leading cause of disability. Renova Medical Center has extensive experience in helping his patients in Columbia, Missouri, successfully overcome the often serious impacts arthritis can have on everyday life. To get started on long-lasting relief, call or book an appointment online.

Arthritis Q & A

What is arthritis?

Arthritis is a term used to describe a host of issues that cause joint pain or joint inflammation. While there are over 100 types of arthritis, the four biggest players are:

Degenerative arthritis

Degenerative arthritis, or osteoarthritis, is the most common of all forms of arthritis. This disease is caused when your cartilage, which acts as a buffer between your bones, begins to wear down, causing your bones to rub together painfully.

Inflammatory arthritis

The most common form of inflammatory arthritis is rheumatoid arthritis, which is brought on when your immune system mistakenly attacks your own body, causing painful swelling in your joints.

Infectious arthritis

This type of arthritis is created by an infection or virus that gets into your joints and creates inflammation.

Metabolic arthritis

This type of arthritis is one of the more painful forms of the disease, and it’s caused by a buildup of uric acid in your system, which leads to the formation of crystals around your joints.

What are the symptoms of arthritis?

No matter what form of arthritis you have, the symptoms are often the same and include:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Stiffness
  • Loss of mobility

Since arthritis mostly affects your joints, pain is often the chief complaint. This pain may come and go, or be constant, and ranges, depending on the severity of your disease.

How can arthritis be treated?

Renova Medical Center firmly believes that arthritic conditions shouldn’t be a life sentence. Using a multi-pronged approach, he helps you tackle arthritis from every angle to provide you with long-lasting relief from the symptoms. These treatments include:

Inflammation reduction

Inflammation is your body’s way of protecting itself while it heals. Through chiropractic adjustments, Renova Medical Center frees up your body’s natural resources to heal and regenerate your joints more quickly, reducing the inflammation.

Nutritional counseling

As with most problems, arthritis can be treated from within by improving your diet to better equip your body to handle the disease. Renova Medical Center has extensive nutritional knowledge and helps you tackle arthritis from the inside out.

Corrective exercises

Arthritis doesn’t just affect your joints, but also the surrounding tissue. Through exercises designed to target this tissue, you can build up strength and mobility and take the pressure off your joints.

To learn more about how to reduce the widespread effects of arthritis, call Renova Medical Center or schedule an appointment online using the booking tool.