Arthritis of the neck (and related neck and back pain) may be categorized as one of two types of arthritis: Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid arthritis.
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune inflammatory disease that affects the joints in fingers, thumbs, shoulders, neck, back, wrists, elbows, knees, ankles, and feet. With RA, the body’s enzymes destroy the linings of the joints by attacking its own healthy tissues.
Osteoarthritis (often known as OA) affects 27 million Americans and is the most common chronic condition of the joints and is usually referred to as “wear and tear” of the joints. This condition can affect any joint in the body, but most commonly occurs in the hips, knees, lower back, neck, fingers, and toes. It is a disease of the entire joint, involving the cartilage, joint lining, bone and ligaments and is caused by the cartilage in the joint being worn down over time.
Osteoarthritis can affect anyone, but usually occurs in individuals over the age of 65. However, this condition can occur sooner if you develop other risk factors:
• Old age
• Previous joint injury
• Weak muscles
With rheumatoid arthritis, because the enzymes are destroying the lining of the joints, it can cause pain, swelling, malformation, stiffness on one or both sides of the neck, and reduced movement and function. It is also possible to have systemic symptoms that include:
• Weight loss
• Eye inflammation
• Subcutaneous systems (bumps under skin)
• Pleurisy (lung inflammation)
Symptoms of Osteoarthritis vary based on which joint in the body is affected and how severely it is affected. The most common symptoms that occur with OA are pain and stiffness. This usually happens in the morning or after resting and tends to build over time rather than abruptly. Along with pain and stiffness, additional symptoms include:
• Clicking or cracking sound when a joint bends
• Pain that is worse after activity or towards the end of the day
• Mild swelling around the joint
• Decreased function of the joint
While there is no cure for RA/OA, there are ways to reduce the pain, improve function, and make the individual more comfortable. Clearway offers many forms of treatment for both conditions. The physical treatments we provide for RA/OA are physical therapy, massage therapy, and chiropractic manipulation.
Another option is drug therapy which include topical, oral, and injections. For severe cases, surgical treatment is the best option. Not seeking treatment for RA/OA may lead to an overall health decrease. The pain that occurs can lead to reduced mobility that is not directly related to the joint disease. This sedentary lifestyle can cause diabetes and heart disease to arise because of the weight gain.
You do not have to live in pain. At Clearway Pain Solutions Institute, we bring together healthcare professionals from a range of disciplines to give you the combination of care you need. Call for an appointment today. We will find the source of your pain and create a customized treatment plan to battle pain and help you regain your active lifestyle.
The purpose of this letter is to inform you that KureSmart Pain Management will officially become Clearway Pain Solutions effective April 1, 2020. This is the final phase in a merger of these two companies that has been under way since 2019.
The integration of KureSmart and Clearway creates even greater support for patients. The driving force for both organizations has always been based on the needs of the patients and it will remain so with the new name.
As we move forward with providing state-of-the-art pain management and interventional care, patients should not expect any changes to the care they receive from our staff. All processes and employees will remain the same; only the name on the door will change.
What to expect:
All communications and correspondence will utilize the “Clearway Pain Solutions” name and brand. This includes billing statements, patient portal notification, text messages and emails.
Signage at each property will be modified as part of the transition, and the appearance of some offices will be updated, as well.
Your Care Team will remain the same and continue to provide you with the same excellent care you’ve come to expect.