Arthritis Specialist

River City Pain Management

Board Certified Pain Management Specialist & Anesthesiologist located in San Antonio, TX

Arthritis affects approximately 54 million people in the United States, and this number is expected to rise to a whopping 78 million by 2040 due to an aging population. To keep up with these numbers, pain management specialist Arnold DeLeon, MD, at River City Pain Management offers the latest interventional techniques to help his patients in San Antonio find relief from arthritis pain. To learn more, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Arthritis Q & A

What is arthritis?

Arthritis is a catchall term for more than 100 different diseases that cause inflammation and pain in your joints. The most common forms of arthritis include:

Osteoarthritis

This form of arthritis is far and away the most prevalent and affects approximately 31 million people in the United States. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition in which the cartilage in your joints begins to break down, allowing your bones to rub together painfully and causing pain and inflammation.

Inflammatory arthritis

The main manifestations of this type of arthritis are rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis. These diseases develop when your body’s immune system mistakenly attacks your joints, causing pain and inflammation.

Infectious arthritis

Bacteria, fungi, and viruses can sometimes infect your joints, causing pain and inflammation.

Metabolic arthritis

Gout is the most common form of metabolic arthritis and develops as a result of the accumulation of uric acid in your body, which forms sharp, needle-like crystals in your joints.

What causes arthritis?

Since there are so many different types of arthritis, there’s no one single cause of the disease. When it comes to degenerative arthritis, the wear and tear in your joints that comes with years of use is the primary culprit. If you’re plagued by rheumatoid or psoriatic arthritis, genetics and environment play a key role.

Because arthritis affects your joints, there are many common risk factors across all forms of the disease, including:

  • Age
  • Family history
  • Weight
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Smoking
  • Previous injuries
  • Gender, as women are more prone to rheumatoid arthritis while men are more likely to get gout

While many of these risk factors are unavoidable, some can be changed, which can help with the negative side effects of arthritis.

How is arthritis treated?

As a pain management specialist, Dr. DeLeon’s first order of business is finding you relief from your arthritis pain. Generally, he starts out conservatively with icing and heat therapies, anti-inflammatory medications, and gentle exercises and stretching.

If your arthritis proves resistant to these measures, Dr. DeLeon may recommend more aggressive treatments like steroid injections, antirheumatic drugs, analgesics, and surgery if your joint is severely compromised. Dr. DeLeon also offers regenerative medicine such as stem cell therapy.

If you’d like to regain pain-free movement, call River City Pain Management today or use the online scheduling tool to request an appointment.