Arthritis Specialist

Restoration Osteopathic Medicine

Chronic Pain Medicine & Auto Injury Specialists located in Vancouver, WA

More than 50 million American adults and children live with arthritis pain. But Stephanie Works, DO, and the team at Restoration Osteopathic Medicine in Vancouver, Washington, can help you manage your pain. The expert providers have extensive training in osteopathic medicine. First, they use a holistic approach to determine what's causing your arthritis. Next, they offer specialized techniques to improve your joint function. If conventional treatments haven't resolved your pain, Restoration Osteopathic Medicine can help you. Call the office today or schedule an appointment online.

Arthritis Q & A

What are the symptoms of arthritis?

Arthritis often develops gradually. In its early stages, many people mistake it for a sports injury or temporary strain. But over time, symptoms usually become more severe.

Symptoms of arthritis can include:

  • Joint pain
  • Joint tenderness
  • Joint swelling
  • Red, cracked skin around joints

Arthritis can have a significant impact on your mobility and quality of life. As your condition progresses, you may have trouble with your daily activities. Treatment can help, but you need to receive an accurate diagnosis as soon as possible. Early intervention can help prevent permanent joint damage.

What causes arthritis?

More than 100 types of joint disease can cause arthritis symptoms in both children and adults. Many people assume that arthritis only affects older adults. But arthritis can strike at any age. 

The cause of arthritis can vary. Joint infections may be to blame in some cases. Others might be linked to autoimmune disease and chronic inflammation. People who have suffered severe joint damage could also be at risk for arthritis. There is also thought to be a strong genetic component associated with some kinds of arthritis.

Restoration Osteopathic Medicine provides in-depth diagnostic care. The providers get to the root of your symptoms through physical exams and imaging tests. Your provider also considers your medical and family history.

Once your provider arrives at a diagnosis, they develop a customized treatment plan. Your treatment plan is designed to protect your joints and heal underlying damage. Treatment can also relieve your pain so you can lead a more active lifestyle. 

How is arthritis treated?

At Restoration Osteopathic Medicine, you can receive a treatment known as viscosupplementation. This treatment injects lubrication into the affected joints so you can move more comfortably. Your provider might also provide medication to reduce pain and inflammation. 

But medications can't always correct joint damage. Your provider may suggest an osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) instead. This treatment repairs structural abnormalities to improve joint function. OMT offers a drug-free way to protect your joints and rebuild your strength.

How can osteopathic medicine resolve my arthritis pain?

Conventional arthritis treatments are often designed to mask symptoms. But this approach doesn't always address the underlying health problem. At Restoration Osteopathic Medicine, your provider uses a holistic approach. They consider all of the underlying factors that may affect your condition.

This approach helps heal your entire body and reduce systemic inflammation. Your osteopathic care plan may also include natural methods for improving your health. Dietary changes or new exercise plans can help your body repair itself. 

You can rest assured that Restoration Osteopathic Medicine uses evidence-based treatments. Call the office today or schedule an appointment online.