Treat Painful Arthritis
Arthritis can refer to over 100 different types of joint inflammation, causing soreness, stiffness and swelling where two bones meet. Common forms of arthritis include rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, lupus and gout.
At UPMC Susquehanna, our orthopedic providers care for patients with all forms of arthritis in Williamsport, Wellsboro, Lock Haven and Muncy, PA, offering personalized treatment. If you would like to meet with a bone and joint specialist, UPMC Susquehanna can help.
Arthritis Causes & Risk Factors
Arthritis can have a number of causes and risk factors, depending on the type, including:
- A diet rich in foods and beverages containing high levels of purines, such as game meats, certain shellfish, and alcohol, that can contribute to high levels of uric acid
- A family history of arthritis
- A joint injury
- Being a woman (except for gout)
- Being older than 65
- Being overweight
- Diuretic medicines
- Environmental factors and genetics
- Lack of regular physical activity
- Sudden weight loss
Types of Arthritis
- Gout, a buildup of uric acid crystals in your joints
- Lupus, immune system attacks your joints and other parts of your body
- Osteoarthritis, wear and tear of cartilage and bone
- Rheumatoid arthritis (RA), immune system attacks healthy tissue and causes inflammation
All types of arthritis symptoms involve some degree of joint pain, soreness, joint swelling and warmth, joint stiffness and reduced ability to bend a joint.
If you have osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis, you may hear a clicking or crackling sound when you bend your joint, especially in your hip or knee. Some forms of arthritis can cause additional symptoms, including fever, fatigue, muscle aches, eye pain and skin redness.
If you notice these symptoms, consult with a provider at UPMC Susquehanna. Early arthritis treatment can prevent loss of mobility and keep pain and discomfort in check.
Arthritis Diagnosis at UPMC Susquehanna
Our joint specialists may perform the following assessments, tests and procedures to diagnose arthritis:
- Discussion of your medical history and symptoms
- Physical exam
- Blood tests
- Joint fluid analysis
Personalized Arthritis Treatment in PA
While there is no cure for arthritis, medications can help relieve pain and reduce inflammation. Your doctor may recommend physical and occupational therapy to restore flexibility and mobility to your joints. Home remedies may include regular exercise and applying warm and cold compresses to trouble areas.
UPMC Susquehanna extends individualized care and treatment for arthritis in Williamsport, Wellsboro, Lock Haven, and Muncy, PA as part of our orthopedic services.