FREEHOLD, N.J., May 26, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- May is national Arthritis Awareness Month, and the NJ orthopedic specialists at Advanced Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Institute (AOSMI) are bringing light to the widespread impact this chronic condition has on individuals of all ages. With offices in Freehold and Monroe Township, NJ, AOSMI provides a comprehensive menu of orthopedic services, from preventive care and diagnostic services to treatment and rehabilitation.
According to AOSMI orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Alan Nasar, "Arthritis is by far one of the most common presenting issues patients come to us with. And, contrary to popular belief, the condition is not restricted to the aging population. More and more frequently we are seeing cases of young adults--even children--suffering from arthritis."
In general, arthritis refers to pain and stiffness in the joints, which can cause mobility limitations and impaired overall functioning. There are over 200 different kinds of arthritis which can affect any of the multitude of joints in the body. The Arthritis Foundation states that arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the US and that there are over 50 million adults and 300,000 children suffering from the condition in America.
The causes of arthritis are varied, ranging from normal wear and tear on the bones as a result of aging, common in osteoarthritis, to autoimmune conditions, such as in rheumatoid arthritis. Inflammation caused by injury, diet, or carrying excess weight can contribute to the development of arthritis as well.
Arthritis is typically treated with medications, such as corticosteroids or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), or through surgery. The type of surgery depends upon the particular joint that is affected, the severity of the damage, the patient's age and mobility, and a variety of other factors. However, there are risks and side effects associated with both surgery and medication. In some cases, either or both of these interventions are insufficient.
Dr. Nasar explains, "The causes of arthritis are complex, and surgical interventions aren't the only answer. The multidisciplinary team at AOSMI offers an array of interventions in lieu of or in conjunction with surgery. Modifications to the patient's diet, strength training, physical therapy, and disciplines like tai chi can go a long way in the management of this chronic condition."
To learn more about arthritis and other orthopedic conditions, as well as available treatment options, visit AOSMI at their website. AOSMI can be found on Twitter and Facebook, and their blog also contains a wealth of useful health information. To schedule an appointment with a NJ orthopedic specialist, call AOSMI at 732.720.2555, or visit their Freehold or Monroe Twp. office.
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