Arthritis: Most Common Pandemic Disease, But Misunderstood


More than 50 million adults and 300,000 children suffer from this disease worldwide. And while it’s one of the most common and recognizable pandemics that we face today, it is also one of the most misunderstood.

With over 100 different types of arthritis, any age or race can suffer from its debilitating symptoms. While it’s more commonly found in older adults, the swelling, pain, stiffness and limited mobility that arthritis brings can affect anyone. And these manifestations may present themselves as mild, moderate or severe, but can worsen with time and age.

At Methodist McKinney Hospital, our orthopedic specialists deal with all types of joint pain and can help with whatever pain ails you. Using advanced treatment methods to help maximize your mobility and minimize your pain, we can help get you back to an active life.

There are also alternatives worth looking in to that may help alleviate the symptoms of arthritis before considering surgical intervention:

Exercise/Weight Loss

Maintaining a regular, healthy weight and exercising is one of the best remedies for people who suffer from arthritis. Losing excess weight means less stress and strain that is put on the joints. Exercise increases strength and flexibility and helps reduce joint pain and inflammation. While pain may already be severe enough for someone suffering from arthritis, simply getting up and moving around frequently can certainly help.


There are many types of medication, both pharmaceutical and natural, that can help reduce the effects of arthritis. It’s always best to do research about medication though, as virtually all drugs have side effects and will affect everyone differently. It’s possible that the risks may outweigh the benefits, but medication is worth researching.

 Natural Arthritis Remedies

Many vitamins, minerals and supplements may be beneficial when it comes to counteracting joint pain and inflammation. While these natural remedies may not provide the same benefits to everyone, they certainly act as a natural, potential solution to what ails you.

 Chiropractic/Physical Therapy

While this is not a tried and true method for everyone suffering from varying forms of arthritis, chiropractic and physical therapy has been known to help certain individuals alleviate their joint pain. Depending on the type of arthritis, chiropractic care and physical therapy may actually worsen symptoms due to certain techniques or practices.

If you’ve suffered from arthritis long enough, please let us help you back on the road to recovery. To learn more about the orthopedic and pain management services that we offer, call us at 972-569-2700.


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