Arthritis

Alpha Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

Orthopedic Surgeons located in McKinney, TX & Prosper, TX

As arthritis worsens, you’ll find it increasingly difficult to maintain a good quality of life. The orthopedic specialists at Alpha Orthopedics & Sports Medicine offer a variety of treatments that can enhance your mobility and slow down the progression of arthritis. At their clinics in Prosper, McKinney, and Sherman, Texas, the staff creates custom treatments to help you find long-term relief from arthritis pain and other symptoms. Learn more about arthritis treatments by calling the clinic nearest you or requesting an appointment online today.

Arthritis Q & A

What is arthritis?

Arthritis is a chronic condition that inflames your joints. While there are over 100 types of arthritis, many people seek symptom relief from the two most common forms, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

In osteoarthritis, the protective covering on the ends of bones in your joints begins wearing down, allowing the bones to rub together. This causes pain and inflammation in the joints, reducing your range of motion and eventually leading to joint deformities.

Rheumatoid arthritis is an immune disorder that causes your immune system to mistakenly attack healthy tissue that protects your joints. This attack causes inflammation that worsens over time, eventually making it difficult to move the affected joint.

What are the risk factors of arthritis?

You’re more likely to develop arthritis if the condition runs in your family. Other risk factors include:

  • Obesity
  • A sedentary lifestyle
  • A previous joint injury

The risk of arthritis also increases as you age and your joints undergo changes that affect their health.

How is arthritis diagnosed?

The orthopedic specialists at Alpha Orthopedics & Sports Medicine are skilled in diagnosing arthritis, often identifying the specific form of arthritis based on your symptoms and a physical exam of your joints. Your physician tests your range of motion and checks for swelling and tenderness in your joints.

To get a better understanding of the severity of your arthritis, your Alpha Orthopedics & Sports Medicine provider will request imaging tests like X-rays to evaluate your joints. In some cases, blood work will be necessary to determine what type of arthritis you have.

What treatments are available for arthritis?

While arthritis can’t be cured, the goal of treatment is to slow the disease’s progression and ease the severity of your symptoms.

The medical team at Alpha Orthopedics & Sports Medicine creates a custom treatment that could include medications to relieve pain and inflammation. You might also benefit from physical therapy to strengthen the muscles that support the diseased joint.

In cases where arthritis pain and joint damage are severe, your Alpha Orthopedics & Sports Medicine physician can recommend joint replacement surgery to remove part or all of the damaged joint and replace it with artificial joint components.

Find out which arthritis treatment is right for you by scheduling a consultation with the orthopedic specialists by phone or using the online booking feature.