Arthritis Pain: Causes, Symptoms And Treatment

In this video, former Spurs Coyote, Rob Wicall, talks about how Airrosti helped him with his chronic Arthritis. He shares how Airrosti’s rapid recovery treatment helped significantly reduce the pain and stiffness resulting from this condition, allowing him to stay mobile and active during his career as a professional mascot. Click here to learn more about how Airrosti works.


The most common types of arthritis are Rheumatoid arthritis and Osteoarthritis. Both of these issues cause pain in your joints, but they each have different root causes.

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that causes your immune system to attack the body’s joints. This can begin at any stage in life and happens very rapidly. Joints become painful and swollen. It is also common to feel frequent fatigue when combating Rheumatoid arthritis. There is no proven cure for Rheumatoid arthritis, but pain medications can help.

Osteoarthritis, in contrast, is caused by wear and tear on the joints. This type of arthritis usually develops gradually and later in life. The pain and stiffness associated with this wear and tear can be lessened by increased flexibility and strength. Targeted manual therapy can also decrease the painful symptoms of Osteoarthritis.


Osteoarthritis (OA) is a chronic condition of the joints, and the most common type of arthritis. It most often develops in weight-bearing joints, such as the hip and knee, but can also develop in the fingers. One in two adults will develop symptoms of knee OA during their lives, and one in four adults will develop symptoms of hip OA by age 85.

In OA, the cartilage in the hip joint gradually wears away over time. As the cartilage wears away, it becomes frayed and rough, and the protective joint space between the bones decreases. This can result in bone rubbing on bone.


Although OA occurs in people of all ages, it is most common in people over the age of 50. Other common risk factors include obesity, previous joint injury, overuse of the joint, weak muscles, and genes. Women are also more likely to develop OA, though it isn’t clear why.

Being overweight puts additional pressure on hips and knees. Repetitive movements or injuries to joints can also lead to OA. Certain careers that require standing for long periods of time, repetitive bending, or heavy lifting can also make cartilage wear away more quickly.


The most common symptoms are pain and stiffness, particularly first thing in the morning or after resting. The symptoms start gradually and are often limited to one set of joints. The joints start to ache and feel stiff, but there is no swelling. Pain tends to worsen after activity or towards the end of the day.

With hip OA, pain is felt in the groin area or buttocks and sometimes on the inside of the knee or thigh. With knee OA, a grating or scraping sensation occurs when moving the knee.

OA pain, swelling or stiffness may make it difficult to perform ordinary tasks at work or home. When the lower body joints are affected, activities such as walking, climbing stairs and lifting objects may become difficult.


Because OA gradually worsens over time, the sooner you start treatment, the more likely it is that you can lessen the impact on your life. Although there is no cure, there are many treatment options to help you manage pain and stay active.

Clinical guidelines recommend conservative treatment, including physical activity, exercise to improve joint mobility and flexibility, weight control, and manual therapy to reduce pain, stiffness, and swelling.

Staying active and maintaining a healthy weight is a major component in minimizing pain associated with Osteoarthritis. Too little movement lends to stiffening and weakening joints. Strengthening exercises build muscles around affected joints, easing the burden on those joints and reducing pain. Slow, gentle stretching of joints may improve flexibility, lessen stiffness and reduce pain.

In patients with OA, the addition of manual (hands-on) therapy techniques has been shown to decrease pain and increase function. These techniques can target areas that are difficult to treat on your own. At Airrosti, our expert providers pinpoint the root cause of the pain and manually correct the underlying issue.

Active rehab, prescribed by your Airrosti provider, also helps to ease the pain. This rehab can consist of different stretches, Foam Roller exercises and Lacrosse Ball exercises. Depending on which joints are causing you pain, your Airrosti provider will develop a custom treatment plan. If your Osteoarthritis has been causing you chronic pain, contact Airrosti today.

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