There are 54 million people — or 23% of all adults — living with arthritis in the United States. One in four reports severe joint pain and eight million people of working age feel they have limited working options. But arthritic pain needn’t take over your life. Dr. Darryl George specializes in chronic pain management. He encourages people with arthritis to visit him at his practices in Roseburg and Beaverton, Oregon, where he helps manage and ease arthritis and joint pain symptoms. Call the office today to book an appointment.
Arthritis is a collective term for several inflammatory diseases that affect one or more joints. It occurs mostly in older people but can develop in younger adults, teenagers, and children as well. Arthritis takes different forms, and treatment varies depending on the type you have.
Dr. George diagnoses arthritis and creates treatment plans for his patients to manage their symptoms.
Arthritis symptoms vary depending on the type you have, but may include:
Dr. George has training in treating the symptoms of arthritis and strives to improve your quality of life.
There are over 100 different types of arthritis. Two — osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis — are more prevalent than the rest.
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease where the immune system attacks the cells inside the joint capsule. If untreated, RA can lead to permanent disability. With early intervention, doctors can prevent this from happening in all but 5-10% of cases. RA affects around 1.5 million Americans.
Osteoarthritis is also called wear-and-tear arthritis. It affects over 27 million people, making it the most common form of the disease. It occurs when the protective cartilage that cushions the ends of bones wears down, which can happen due to age, joint injury, or obesity.
Dr. George has experience in treating patients with all types of arthritis and takes measures to slow the rate of progression.
There's no cure for arthritis and joint pain, but treating and managing the symptoms can reduce pain and improve mobility. Dr. George creates a treatment plan that may include:
Being active, losing weight, and putting little to no pressure on joints can all help reduce arthritis pain.
Over-the-counter medicines are effective at taking the edge off arthritis pain. If there's no noticeable difference, Dr. George may prescribe something stronger.
Massage, relaxation therapy, and acupuncture are all popular alternative medicine options. Many people attribute these treatments to easing their symptoms.
Without care and management, arthritis can be debilitating. Dr. George works to ease your symptoms in the most effective way possible. Call the practice to schedule your appointment.