Arthritis Specialist

Gateway Rehab and Wellness Center, Inc.

Medical Clinic, Chiropractors & Physical Therapy located in Mission Viejo, CA

Arthritis has multiple forms, but they all cause chronic joint pain that typically worsens over time. If conditions like osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are causing you pain and affecting your mobility, Victor Rafa, DC, Rona Palompo, DPT, and their team at Gateway Rehab and Wellness Center, Inc. in Mission Viejo, California, can help. The integrative medical team provides effective therapies that aim to relieve joint pain, ease stiffness, and improve your quality of life without the need for surgery or prescription medication. Call their office today to find out more, or you can use the online booking form.

Arthritis Q & A

What is arthritis?

Arthritis isn't a single condition — it's actually a term that covers more than 100 diseases. What these diseases have in common is that they all cause joint inflammation. Arthritis is a chronic problem that can cause a variety of unpleasant symptoms. The most common of these are:

  • Chronic pain
  • Swelling
  • Stiffness
  • Weakness
  • Reduced range of motion

Your joints might also twist and distort as the disease worsens. Arthritis can affect specific joints or many different joints and is a leading cause of disability.

What causes arthritis?

Arthritis can have different causes depending on the type you have. Most cases involve damage and deterioration of the cartilage or joint linings inside the affected joints. Joints form where two or more bones meet. Cartilage is a slippery coating on the ends of your bones. It forms a protective layer and prevents the ends of the bones from catching on one another as you flex the joint.

If the cartilage wears away or gets destroyed, the bones have no protection. The result is a painful rubbing of the bones in the joint and a buildup of friction.

What are the most common types of arthritis?

The most common types of arthritis are:


Osteoarthritis is the most widespread type. It typically develops as you age because of the effect of wear-and-tear on your joints over the years. Osteoarthritis tends to be worse in the knees, hips, and hands, but it can affect any of your joints.

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)

RA is an autoimmune form of arthritis. Autoimmune disorders develop when your body's defense systems malfunction. If you have RA, your immune system attacks your joint linings.

Other forms of arthritis that affect large numbers of people include septic arthritis, gout, psoriatic arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis.

How is arthritis treated?

There's no cure for arthritis, but expert treatment at Gateway Rehab and Wellness Center, Inc. can reduce your pain and delay the disease's progress. The team creates a personalized treatment program for you that could contain therapies such as:

  • Chiropractic care
  • Physical therapy
  • Massage therapy
  • Hot and cold treatments
  • Acupuncture
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy
  • Stem cell therapy
  • Cold laser treatment

You can also take action yourself to reduce stress and wear-and-tear on your joints. For instance, if you're overweight or obese, losing weight makes a significant difference in relieving strain on your joints.

Proper nutrition and regular exercise are vital in keeping your body healthy. Frequent, gentle exercise is best — you don't want to overstress painful joints, but unless you keep them moving, they'll become stiff and weak far more quickly.

The team at Gateway Rehab and Wellness Center, Inc. can advise and support you with weight loss and healthier lifestyle choices.

For effective, nonsurgical approaches to managing arthritis, call Gateway Rehab and Wellness Center, Inc. today, or book an appointment online.