Arthritis

Richard Goding, MD -  - Orthopedic Surgeon

Joint Preservation Institute of Iowa

Richard Goding, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon located in West Des Moines, IA & Corydon, IA

Around 23% of American adults live with joint pain caused by arthritis. If you have arthritis that’s interfering with your quality of life, contact Richard Goding, MD, at the Joint Preservation Institute of Iowa in West Des Moines and Corydon, Iowa. Dr. Goding is a nationally leading joint preservation expert who offers innovative treatments to restore your joints and reduce your pain. Call the office nearest you or schedule a consultation online today to learn how Dr. Goding can help you return to a pain-free, active life.

Arthritis

What is arthritis?

Arthritis is a group of more than 100 diseases that cause joint pain.

The degenerative type of the disease, osteoarthritis, is the most common form of the disease. It occurs when the cartilage that cushions and lubricates your joints wears away. This leads to friction that irritates and inflames your joints, causing stiffness, pain, and mobility problems.

Other common types of arthritis include rheumatoid arthritis, gout, and lupus.

Your risk of developing arthritis is higher if you have a family history of the disease. If you’re overweight, lead a sedentary lifestyle, or have unhealthy lifestyle habits like smoking or a poor diet, you’re more likely to develop arthritis.

What are the signs of arthritis?

Arthritis’s main symptom is joint pain. You might also experience joint swelling, redness, and stiffness. The pain and stiffness contribute to a reduced range of motion.

Depending on the location and type of arthritis, you might have other symptoms. For example, if you have arthritis in your fingers, you might have problems grasping small objects. 

Alternatively, if you have gout, you might have such severe pain in your big toe joint that you can’t walk without assistance.

When should I talk to a doctor about arthritis?

Many people assume that arthritis is just something you have to learn to live with as you age. This is not the case. Dr. Goding provides customized treatments to ease your arthritis symptoms and restore your joint health for lasting relief.

If you have joint pain, especially if it’s accompanied by swelling, redness, or other signs of deformity, make an appointment with Dr. Goding right away. The earlier you start treatment, the less likely you are to experience mobility problems and severe pain.

How is arthritis treated?

At the Joint Preservation Institute of Iowa, Dr. Goding provides thorough exams to evaluate your arthritis and its effect on your life. Then, depending on your specific needs, he creates a customized treatment plan that can include:

  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Cartilage restoration surgery
  • Stem cell therapy
  • Joint injections
  • Physical therapy


If necessary, Dr. Goding performs partial and total joint replacements to address severe arthritis that doesn’t respond to other, less-invasive treatments.

Call the Joint Preservation Institute of Iowa or make an appointment online today for expert arthritis treatment.