Arthritis

Restore Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

Ariana DeMers, D.O.

Orthopedics & Sports Medicine located in Sonora, CA

More than 50 million adults and 300,000 children have some form of arthritis, but there’s no need to live in pain. Board-certified orthopedic surgeon Ariana DeMers, DO, offers nonsurgical arthritis treatments, such as stem cell and platelet-rich plasma injections at Restore Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in Sonora, California. To learn more about minimally invasive arthritis treatments, call or book an appointment online today.

Arthritis Q & A

What is arthritis?

Arthritis is a disease that causes pain and inflammation in one or more of your joints. There are more than 100 types of arthritis. The two most common types of arthritis are:

Osteoarthritis

The most common form of arthritis, this condition occurs when normal wear and tear damages healthy cartilage or the slippery tissue that cushions your joints. Over time, enough damage can lead to bone grinding against bone.

Rheumatoid arthritis

The second-most common type of arthritis, this disease causes your immune system to attack the tissues that line your joints. Eventually, rheumatoid arthritis can destroy cartilage and bone within the affected joint.

What are the symptoms of arthritis?

Symptoms will vary depending on the type of arthritis you have and the severity of your condition. The most common symptoms of arthritis include:

  • Joint pain and stiffness
  • Swelling in the joint
  • Decreased range of motion

Arthritis symptoms can become so severe that you have trouble moving around or performing daily activities, such as climbing stairs. Dr. DeMers will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan to relieve arthritis symptoms and improve your quality of life.

Who gets arthritis?

Arthritis affects men, women, and children of all ages. However, conditions such as osteoarthritis are more common with increasing age, because cartilage naturally breaks down over time.

Being an athlete or having a previous joint injury may increase your risk of developing arthritis in that joint. Carrying excess body weight may also increase your risk of getting arthritis, particularly in your knees.

How do you treat arthritis?

Dr. DeMers takes a conservative approach to arthritis treatment. She always begins with the least invasive treatment possible, such as physical therapy.

First, Dr. DeMers thoroughly evaluates your condition and reviews your medical history. Then, she discusses the best course of treatment to relieve your symptoms. Depending on the location, cause, and severity of your arthritis, treatment may include:

  • Lifestyle changes, such as weight loss
  • Healthy diet to nourish joint structures
  • Exercises to strengthen the joint

Dr. DeMers has extensive expertise in orthobiologic treatments, such as platelet-rich plasma therapy and stem cell injections. These therapies use healing factors from your own blood to stimulate your body’s natural process of regeneration.

If your arthritis symptoms persist despite conservative treatments, Dr. DeMers may recommend surgery to relieve pain and restore joint function.

For the highest level of arthritis care, call Restore Orthopedics & Sports Medicine or book an appointment online.