Many sports-related movements can wear down the protective cartilage on your joints, leading to painful and limiting arthritis. You can also develop arthritis as you age and your cartilage degrades. If you feel pain or stiffness in your joints, Benjamin Petty, MD, an expert physician in Raleigh, North Carolina, recommends minimally invasive therapies to restore your joints. To set up an arthritis consultation, call the office or use the online scheduler.
Arthritis is the generic name for a collection of more than 100 joint diseases and conditions. The most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis, which occurs when the cushiony cartilage tissue that protects your joints degrades due to overuse, aging, or both.
Athletes and others who engage in repetitive movements — especially ones that require stress or effort — are particularly susceptible to osteoarthritis.
Some other types of arthritis include:
No matter what kind of arthritis you have, your symptoms could include pain, swelling, and stiffness in your joints.
Anyone who performs repetitive movements is at risk for arthritis, which is why athletes can develop it even at a young age. However, you don’t have to be an athlete to get arthritis. Jobs that require you to do the same thing over and over, such as playing a musical instrument or slinging a hammer, can also cause arthritis.
Other risk factors for arthritis include:
You can minimize your risk for arthritis by quitting smoking, limiting drinking, and adopting healthy habits such as a whole-foods diet and regular exercise.
Dr. Petty selects treatments based on the type of arthritis that you have. His therapies are minimally invasive and supportive. Based on your needs, he may recommend:
Don’t ignore your arthritis and hope it’ll go away. Stop its progression and minimize joint damage by getting treatment today. Set up an appointment online or call Dr. Petty’s friendly staff.