Arthritis Treatment & Therapy

Painful movement of joints that includes swelling and tenderness may be attributed to arthritis. A tailored plan to treat your individualized needs can assist with the management of discomfort. The team at Sheltering Arms Institute will build a customized plan specifically for you to help improve your quality of life.

Arthritis is common in the United States with more than 3 million cases per year. Some risk factors for arthritis include:

  • Family history: You may be more likely to develop some types of arthritis if family members have been affected. Genetics may also make you more susceptible to environmental factors that could stimulate arthritis.
  • Age: As we get older, the risk for many types of arthritis including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and gout increases with age.
  • Gender: Women are more likely than men to develop rheumatoid arthritis, while men are more likely to develop gout, another type of arthritis.
  • Previous joint injury: Individuals who have injured a joint, perhaps while playing a sport, are more likely to ultimately develop arthritis in that joint.
  • Obesity: Additional weight can stress joints, particularly the knees, hips and spine. Individuals with obesity are at a higher risk of developing arthritis.

Before you meet with your treatment team, it is helpful to have:

  • Detailed descriptions of your symptoms
  • Information about past medical problems or health concerns
  • Information about family medical history
  • A list of all medications and dietary supplements you currently take, even occasionally
  • A list of questions you want to ask the doctor

This will provide important information for your team to tailor an array of services to help relieve your pain including physical therapy and modifications to activities. Several medications are also available. Exercise may improve range of motion and strengthen the muscles surrounding joints to treat arthritis. Our physicians may also recommend and provide selected injections to help to reduce discomfort.

Learn about arthritis therapy at Sheltering Arms outpatient clinics.

Learn about outpatient therapy for this condition at VCU Health.