Arthritis affects more than 54 million people in the United States, causing joint pain, stiffness, and swelling. It’s a progressive condition that worsens over time. But you can take steps to slow down the progression of the disease and improve your quality of life. At The Lamkin Clinic in Edmond, Oklahoma, Brian Lamkin, DO, takes a multidirectional approach to arthritis, incorporating lifestyle changes with targeted treatments to reduce inflammation and pain. For a proactive and preventive approach to your arthritis, call the office, or schedule an appointment online today.
Arthritis refers to joint inflammation that affects any of the 200 joints in your body, along with the bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments that make up the joint.
Arthritis is a rheumatic condition, causing pain, swelling, and stiffness in the joint. The pain may develop slowly over time or occur suddenly. You may also experience flare-ups in pain from time-to-time.
Arthritis is a general medical term for joint inflammation, and there are over 100 conditions that cause arthritis. Some of the common types include:
Osteoarthritis occurs from the breakdown of the cartilage that separates the bones in the joint over time. This is a degenerative form of arthritis.
RA is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks the healthy joint tissue, causing inflammation and pain.
Juvenile arthritis is an autoimmune disease that affects children 16 years of age and younger. Like RA, this type of arthritis occurs because the immune system attacks the tissues that make up the joint.
No matter the type, arthritis is a chronic inflammatory condition compounded by wear-and-tear. Pain is the most outward symptom of arthritis and indicates your condition is getting worse.
You can expect a comprehensive and patient-centered exam when you visit The Lamkin Clinic for an arthritis evaluation. The functional medicine practitioners need to understand your complete health picture so they can develop the most effective treatment plan.
Your provider reviews the history of your joint pain, including when it started, joints involved, and activities that worsen your symptoms. They also ask about your medical history, usual diet, and daily routine and perform a physical exam.
The Lamkin Clinic uses specialty lab testing to gather objective, targeted information about your health. The evaluating and testing helps identify your inflammatory triggers and contributors.
The Lamkin Clinic takes a comprehensive approach to arthritis treatment, focusing on diet, lifestyle, and inflammatory triggers. This approach aims to reduce inflammation, increase your natural endorphins (pain relievers), and improve your immune system regulation.
Arthritis treatments at The Lamkin Clinic might include:
Treatment for your arthritis focuses on the root cause of your joint pain and inflammation. The functional medicine experts at The Lamkin Clinic not only want to relieve your pain, but restore your health.
For a proactive, patient-centered approach to arthritis, call The Lamkin Clinic, or schedule an appointment online today.