Capitol Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation

Orthopedic Surgery & Rehabilitation located in Rockville, MD & Damascus, MD

Affecting over 54 million adults, arthritis is one of the most prevalent diseases in the United States. The highly skilled team at Capitol Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation in Rockville and Damascus, Maryland, offer on-site physical therapy and rehabilitation for patients with arthritis. If you or a loved one suffers from this degenerative joint disease, call or book an appointment online for expert treatment.

Arthritis Q & A

What is Arthritis?

Arthritis is a disease that causes inflammation in one or more of your joints. There are over 100 different types of arthritis, most of which cause pain and stiffness in your joints. Arthritis can make it difficult or impossible to perform everyday activities, such as walking or climbing stairs.

Fortunately, the team at Capitol Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation offer a variety of treatments to reduce the common symptoms of arthritis like pain and reduced mobility.

What are the Most Common Types of Arthritis?

Arthritis describes a wide range of conditions that affect people of all ages. However, the most prevalent forms of this disease are more likely to affect older adults.

The most common types of arthritis include:

  • Osteoarthritis: This is the most prevalent type of arthritis. Osteoarthritis involves wear-and-tear damage to the cartilage that covers the ends of your bones where they meet at a joint. When the cartilage becomes damaged enough, your bones may rub together and cause pain.
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis: Rheumatoid arthritis is a disease that occurs when your immune system attacks the tissue that lines your joint. This initially causes swelling and inflammation in the affected joint, but it can progressively worsen to the point of destroying bone and cartilage.

What are the Symptoms of Arthritis?

Arthritis symptoms may vary depending on the type you have and the severity of your condition. Common arthritis symptoms include:

  • Joint pain and stiffness
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Redness and swelling

Arthritis is easiest to treat in its early stages, so it’s important to schedule an appointment at Capitol Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation if you experience these symptoms.

How is Arthritis Diagnosed and Treated?

First, your physician at Capitol Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation performs a physical exam and reviews your medical history. They may also take blood tests and imaging tests, such as an X-ray, to diagnose the specific type of arthritis you have.

Then, they develop a personalized treatment plan based on your unique needs and lifestyle factors. Depending on your condition and physical demands of daily life, treatment for arthritis may include:

  • On-site physical therapy
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Joint injections

If your condition doesn’t improve with conservative therapies, your doctor may recommend surgery. The expert orthopaedic surgeons at Capitol Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation perform many types of joint replacement surgeries to treat arthritis.

To find relief from arthritis, call Capitol Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation or book an appointment online.