For most people, arthritis means pain, stiffness and swelling. The term arthritis literally means inflammation of the joint, but it's used to refer to multiple rheumatic diseases—disorders affecting the muscles, tendons, ligaments or joints. A rheumatologist is a doctor who specializes in treating arthritis and other rheumatic diseases.
Expert Care for Arthritis
Arthritis occurs in various forms, including bacterial arthritis, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. It may result from infection, trauma, degenerative changes, metabolic disturbances or other causes.
The experienced arthritis and rheumatology specialists affiliated with Portsmouth Regional Hospital will work with you to evaluate your condition and develop a customized treatment plan using the most advanced approaches to relieve your pain and restore your quality of life.
Treating Arthritis Pain
Depending on the diagnosis, treatment for arthritis and rheumatic diseases may include:
- Rest and relaxation
- Dietary changes
- Weight reduction
- Water therapy
- Mobilization therapy
- Heat and cold therapies
- Pain relievers and other medications
- Joint care instruction
- Information about special devices that help open jars, close zippers, hold pencils and assist in other everyday tasks
- Splints or braces
- Surgery to restore function or relieve pain