Arthritis Specialist

HD Health and Sport

Sports Medicine Physician & Aesthetic Medicine located in Irvine, CA

If you’re among the 54.4 million American adults living with chronic joint pain from arthritis, sports medicine physician Behrang Dehkordi, MD, can help. Dr. Dehkordi provides holistic treatments for arthritis at HD Health and Sport in Mission Viejo, California. To find out how you can live a healthy and active life with arthritis, call or book an appointment online today.

Arthritis

What is arthritis?

Arthritis is a term that describes more than 100 conditions that cause inflammation and tenderness in one or more of your joints. The most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis, which affects more than 30 million adults in the United States. 

Also called degenerative joint disease, osteoarthritis occurs when the slippery cartilage that allows your bones to glide over one another in a joint wears down. Osteoarthritis develops slowly and worsens over time, eventually leading to bone grinding against bone. 

Other common types of arthritis include:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Gout

Arthritis can affect any joint in your body, but osteoarthritis most often occurs in weight-bearing joints, such as your knees and hips. 

What are the symptoms of arthritis?

Arthritis symptoms vary depending on the type of disease you have and the joints affected. Common symptoms of arthritis include:

  • Joint pain or tenderness
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Decreased range of motion

Arthritis of the knee may cause knee pain and difficulty walking, while arthritis of the shoulder causes shoulder pain that may limit your ability to reach over your head.

Who is at risk for arthritis?

Some risk factors for arthritis are beyond your control. For example, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout become more prevalent with increasing age. Other factors that increase your risk for arthritis include:

  • Previous joint injuries
  • Family history of arthritis
  • Obesity

Jobs that require repetitive bending and squatting may also increase your risk for osteoarthritis of the knee. 

How is arthritis diagnosed and treated?

Dr. Dehkordi may diagnose arthritis based on a physical exam, review of your symptoms and medical history, and imaging tests such as X-rays.

Then, Dr. Dehkordi recommends the best course of treatment for your specific needs. Depending on the type and severity of your arthritis, treatment may include:

  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections
  • Corticosteroid joint injections
  • Prolotherapy, or injections of a natural irritant to stimulate healing

Arthritis is a long-term (chronic) condition, but joint injections may provide a period of extended relief from painful inflammation without relying on oral pain-relieving medications. 

For holistic arthritis care, call HD Health and Sport or book an appointment online today.