Arthritis is one of the most common causes of chronic pain for adults across the United States. Arthritis comes in multiple types, most commonly osteoarthritis (OA), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and infectious arthritis.
The symptoms of pain, tenderness, swelling, and limited range of motion common with arthritis can be complex and difficult to treat. For chronic pain related to any type of arthritis, get in touch with Dr. Bryant S. Edwards and his team at Iconic Infusions, PLLC of Fayetteville, North Carolina.
If you see these telltale signs and symptoms of arthritis, you could need systemic treatment to regulate your chronic pain.
1. Joint pain
Most types of arthritis result in symptoms of localized pain. If you have OA, breakdown of cartilage at the end of your bones can result in pain when you move your joints. Patients with RA can experience joint pain lasting for six weeks or longer, and may experience chronic pain.
Joints affected by arthritis can stiffen up. If you have OA, you might notice stiffness after periods of sitting still. RA often comes with stiffness in the morning lasting for at least half an hour after getting up.
The inflammation associated with arthritis, including infectious arthritis, may result in tenderness. Affected areas might feel sore when touched.
4. Loss of range of motion
OA can directly limit the range of motion in your joints, so that you aren’t able to bend and move as much as you should be able to. Patients with OA sometimes feel a grating sensation when attempting to move an affected joint.
If you have infectious arthritis, you could notice symptoms like fever and chills. You should get in touch with a medical professional to get checked out if you experience pain and stiffness that comes on rapidly and is associated with a fever.
Symptoms of arthritis can be long-lasting. After 12 weeks, ongoing pain is defined as chronic pain, and needs to be treated as a specific health condition. Medication management may not be enough to maintain your quality of life after arthritis.
At Iconic Infusions, PLLC, board-certified anesthesiologist Dr. Edwards can support you through arthritis symptoms that aren’t responding to traditional forms of treatment using intravenous (IV) infusion therapy. Our multidisciplinary ketamine pain protocol can relieve your symptoms and restore your motion, independence, and activity levels.
In addition to clinically proven ketamine infusion therapy, Dr. Edwards offers holistic support to reduce your pain and enhance your quality of life. You may benefit from wellness modalities like physical therapy in addition to infusion treatment.
To learn more about how Dr. Edwards can help with your painful and limiting arthritis symptoms, contact Iconic Infusions, PLLC. Schedule your initial consultation appointment online now, or call to book your session today.