Arthritis

Health Atlast -  - Integrative Medicine

Health Atlast

Integrative Medicine located in Santa Monica, Los Angeles, Sherman Oaks, Long Beach, Fountain Valley & Costa Mesa, CA

As you get older and start feeling the effects of arthritis, you need solutions to keep you active and pain-free. At Health Atlast, the experienced medical staff offers conservative treatments and holistic therapies to reduce your need for medications and surgery. At their offices in West Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Sherman Oaks, Long Beach, and Fountain Valley, California, you receive custom care using treatments like chiropractic adjustments, PRP therapy, and acupuncture for arthritis pain and disability. Find out more about holistic and nonsurgical arthritis treatments by calling the office nearest you or by requesting an appointment online today.

Arthritis Q & A

What is Arthritis?

Arthritis is a chronic inflammatory condition that causes the degeneration of your joints. While there are over 100 types of arthritis, the most common types that cause persistent pain and mobility issues include rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.

Rheumatoid arthritis results from an immune system disorder that causes your body to mistakenly attack the protective lining of your joints. This inflammation leads to chronic stiffness and pain, which can eventually cause joint deformities.

In osteoarthritis, the disease breaks down the protective covering at the ends of your bones that form a joint. As a result, bones rub together, creating friction that causes pain and difficulties moving.

What are the Risk Factors for Arthritis?

Arthritis is a condition commonly associated with aging. As you get older, your joints wear down and become more susceptible to persistent stiffness and pain. You can be at increased risk of arthritis due to other factors as well, including:

  • Obesity
  • Family history
  • Previous joint injuries


Women are at increased risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis, while men are most likely to have gout, a form of arthritis that results from high levels of uric acid in the blood.

How is Arthritis Diagnosed?

During your evaluation, your Health Atlast provider evaluates your joint during a physical exam, checking for tenderness, redness, and swelling. They also assess your range of motion in the affected joint.

In many cases, your Health Atlast physician can decide you have arthritis based on your symptoms. They can confirm your condition using on-site diagnostic tests like X-rays and/or blood work.

What Arthritis Treatments are Available?

Arthritis treatments depend on the affected joint and the severity of your symptoms. The goal of treatment is to ease or eliminate your pain and slow down the progression of the disease to prevent deformities and the need for surgery.

Treatment of arthritis can include:

  • Acupuncture
  • Massage therapy
  • Functional rehabilitation
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy


Hyalgan® injections can also be used to treat chronic arthritis pain. The injection of this hyaluronate solution, found naturally in your body, provides the joint with extra cushioning to reduce friction and ease pain.

The Health Atlast team can also recommend stretching exercises at home, as well as yoga or Pilates training to enhance the strength of the muscles that support your joints.

Find out more about customized treatment plans available for arthritis pain by calling the office nearest you or booking a consultation online today.