Arthritis refers to inflammation in joints. There are more than 100 forms of arthritis and related conditions that can affect both the young and old. These group of conditions all negatively impact both quality of life and impact functional status. A conservative estimate is that 54 million adults and over 300,000 children have arthritis or some form of rheumatic disease.
Common arthritis symptoms include joint swelling, pain, stiffness and decreased range of motion. The symptoms can come and go, and can be mild, moderate or severe. Symptoms can stay stable or progress over time.
Arthritis can develop due to excess wear and tear of bones and joints, commonly found with athletes or due to traumatic physical injury(s). Arthritis can also be hereditary or may develop due to some form of chronic inflammation and imbalance in the body.
What happens in joints to cause pain, swelling and destruction is very complex involving a disturbance in the balance of those cells that cause destruction and those that are involved in repair.
For anyone battling with chronic inflammation in the body that can be contributing to ongoing joint pain and discomfort we offer specialized diagnostic blood testing. The test results provide us with detailed information that guide a targeted treatment plan to help reduce those inflammatory markers.
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