Arthritis Specialist

BCT Medical Associates

Pain and Perioperative Practice located in South Plainfield, NJ

Arthritis makes it difficult to use your fingers or other joints and causes a great deal of pain. But Bao Chau Tran, MD, helps you find relief from your pain. At his South Plainfield, New Jersey, clinic he offers the most advanced diagnostic tools to help develop effective treatment plans comprising of conservative care, medications, and injections. Call or use the online option to book an appointment at BCT Medical Associates to discuss your arthritis pain.

Arthritis Q & A

What is Arthritis?

Arthritis is a joint disease characterized by chronic inflammation that often results in chronic pain. In people with arthritis, the immune system malfunctions, causes inflammation, and attacks healthy joints. Symptoms include:

  • Joint pain, stiffness, or swelling
  • Decreased mobility
  • Joints that are red and warm to the touch

The stiffness caused by arthritis makes it difficult for some people to walk, climb stairs, or grasp objects. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

  • Osteoarthritis: The most common type of arthritis, osteoarthritis causes cartilage to break down, eventually leading to bones rubbing against bones.
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis: Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that attacks the lining of your joints, causing them to break down. Typically, it attacks your smallest joints first, such as those in your fingers, and then moves on to more prominent joints.

What Causes Arthritis?

Researchers speculate that environmental factors trigger the genes for autoimmunity to kick in. Other contributing factors include:

  • Repetitive overuse of a joint
  • Aging
  • Smoking
  • Bacterial or viral infection
  • Toxin exposure
  • Weight

What Treatment Options are Available for Arthritis?

Arthritis doesn’t have a cure, so treatment focuses on relieving pain and enhancing mobility. It’s important to take action right away to prevent further joint deterioration.

For pain relief, Dr. Tran may suggest heat and ice therapy and over-the-counter pain medications first. If those don’t provide relief, he offers injections and medications to target arthritis pain.

To increase range-of-motion, Dr. Tran encourages conservative care promoting daily exercise, especially joint mobility exercises. Weight loss may also alleviate some of the pressure on your joints, and Dr. Tran can help coordinate your weight loss to get better results.

Ergonomic and postural training also complement arthritis treatment to help you avoid unnecessary pain. Dr. Tran can provide assistive devices to help you move or perform daily tasks.

These non-surgical approaches help most people find significant relief from their arthritis. However, in some cases, Dr. Tran can coordinate your surgery to repair or replace severely damaged joints with trusted surgeons.

Take control of your arthritis pain with the help of Dr. Tran. Call or book an appointment online to take the next step toward relief.

What we offer

Pain Management Services