Arthritis

Westheimer Medical Group

Integrated Medical Practice located in Houston, TX

Arthritis affects more than 1 in 4 adults the United States and often causes chronic pain that prevents you from enjoying life to its fullest. At Westheimer Medical Group in Houston, the holistic medical team uses noninvasive, natural remedies to ease arthritis pain and enhance your body’s natural healing ability. Call to learn more or use the online scheduling tool today.

Arthritis Q & A

Westheimer Medical Group

What is arthritis?

Arthritis is a chronic health condition that affects your joints. Common types of arthritis include:

  • Osteoarthritis, or normal joint wear and tear
  • Rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune condition
  • Juvenile arthritis in children
  • Gout due that causes too much uric acid buildup
  • Psoriatic arthritis affecting people with psoriasis
  • Infectious arthritis from an infection that spreads

There are more than 100 types of arthritis and conditions related to arthritis. This chronic health condition is more common among women and older adults.

What are the symptoms of arthritis?

Regardless of which form of arthritis you have, common symptoms of the disease include:

  • Joint pain
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Redness

The symptoms you experience might be mild or severe. They may come and go, or become progressively worse over time if left untreated.

What are the risk factors for arthritis?

The exact cause of arthritis isn’t entirely clear. Osteoarthritis, often concurring with joint wear and tear associated with aging and rheumatoid arthritis, is a result of the body’s immune system attacking your joints. Certain factors increase your risk of developing arthritis, such as:

  • Older age
  • Gender — female and rheumatoid arthritis; male and gout
  • Family history of arthritis
  • Previous joint injuries
  • Overweight and obesity

You can’t necessarily prevent arthritis, but maintaining a healthy lifestyle lowers your risk and reduces disease symptoms.

What are noninvasive arthritis treatments?

Pain medications and surgery are treatment options for arthritis, but surgery is invasive and many pain medicines are addictive.

At Westheimer Medical Group, Dr. Ajayi and his team use holistic treatments for arthritis to enhance your body’s natural healing ability. Treatment options include:

Physical therapy

Your provider helps you complete injury-specific exercises that strengthen joints and surrounding tissue and increase the range of motion. Yoga and Pilates movements often ease arthritis pain.

Regenerative Medicine Therapy

The team of experts at Westheimer Medical Group use revolutionary regenerative medicine injections to restore damaged joints and ease the pain. Regenerative medicine involves using your body to heal itself, using naturally occurring cells and specialized fluids. Your provider injects restorative medicine mixed with platelets from your own blood into affected areas.

Massage

Massage helps restore your entire body and relieve joint and muscle pain caused by arthritis. Your provider uses deep tissue massage and other forms of manual manipulation to increase blood flow and warm the joints for relief.

 

Nutrition counseling

A healthy diet reduces inflammation — a common symptom of arthritis. If you struggle with overweight or obesity, your doctor prepares a weight loss plan for you to reduce joint stress and ease chronic pain.

When you’re ready for holistic, noninvasive ways to ease arthritis pain and enhance joint healing, call Westheimer Medical Group to schedule an appointment or book online today.