The joint changes associated with arthritis can begin in your 30s - and sometimes earlier. Dr. Kasendorf helps patients in and around La Jolla, CA, manage arthritis pain and stiffness and regain mobility so they can enjoy activities without discomfort.
Arthritis is a disease that affects the surfaces of the joints, causing the protective layer of cartilage that lines most joints to break down. Although the risk of osteoarthritis is greatest among older men and women, it can occur at any age. In addition to the natural effects of aging, arthritis can also develop in a joint following an injury. A second type of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, is an autoimmune disease that causes the immune system to attack the joint tissues. There is no cure for either type of arthritis, but there are ways to manage pain, reduce stiffness and improve joint mobility.
The most common symptoms of both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are pain and stiffness in the affected joint, decrease range of motion in the joint and often, warmth or swelling in the area around the joint. When most people think of arthritis, they think of it affecting the hands, hips or knees, but arthritis can occur in any joint, including the neck and other areas of the spine.
First, Dr. Kasendorf will perform a physical exam to gain an understanding of your symptoms and the underlying causes. He also may order x-rays, MRIs or blood tests. As a skilled osteopathic physician, Dr. Kssendorf has extensive training in the musculoskeletal system, its function and the diseases that affect it, including arthritis. After your evaluation, he will prescribe a treatment approach that may include regular osteopathic manipulations, lifestyle changes such as losing weight to ease the stress and strain on joints, or a modified exercise program to reduce stiffness and regain mobility. Medication may also be prescribed in conjunction with other therapeutic recommendations to help reduce inflammation around the joints.
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