Arthritis

Primary Care Practice, Internal Medicine, Geriatrics & Geriatricians in Seffner and New Port Richey, FL

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Arthritis

Pain due to arthritis can be challenging and relentless. You don’t have to live in constant arthritis pain. Learn more about arthritis treatments by calling the Greenbrook Medical office nearest you or requesting an appointment online.


Arthritis Symptoms

 

The symptoms of arthritis can vary depending on the type of arthritis, but they typically include pain, stiffness, and swelling. Some people with arthritis also experience fatigue and fever. There are many treatments for arthritis, but pain management is often the primary goal. Medications, physical therapy, and exercise can all help to reduce pain and improve mobility. Surgery may sometimes be necessary to repair damage to the joints. Hip replacement is a common procedure for people with arthritis. The immune system also plays a role in arthritis. People with certain autoimmune diseases are more likely to develop arthritis.

 

When should you call the doctor?

 

If you think you may have arthritis, it is important to see a doctor for a diagnosis. Arthritis is a condition that can be managed with treatment, but timely and consistent action is essential.

 

FAQs

What is arthritis?

Arthritis is a general term used to describe more than 100 autoimmune conditions that cause pain, stiffness, and inflammation in the joints. The primary symptoms of arthritis are pain and stiffness, but the condition can also lead to joint deformity, loss of range of motion, and decreased mobility. There are many different types of arthritis, and the condition can be caused by various factors, including genetics, age, and previous injury. Primary care doctors and orthopedic surgeons often work together to treat all types of arthritis. Although there is no cure for arthritis, early diagnosis and treatment can help to slow the progression of the disease and improve quality of life.

What are the most common types of arthritis?

The most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis, which occurs when the cartilage between the joints breaks down. Other common types of arthritis include rheumatoid arthritis, gout, and psoriatic arthritis.

  • Osteoarthritis - The gradual wearing down of the cartilage at the ends of bones that gradually worsens over time.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis - An autoimmune disease that causes your body to mistakenly attack otherwise healthy joints. That can lead to chronic joint inflammation and pain. 
  • Gout  - A condition that occurs when levels of uric acid build up in your body. The acid forms needlelike crystals that can stab your joints, causing episodes of chronic pain and joint swelling. While the crystals can form near any joint, they are most common near the joint of the big toe. 
  • Psoriatic arthritis - A form of arthritis that affects some people with the skin condition psoriasis.

How is arthritis treated? 

In the early stages of arthritis, you may be able to ease your symptoms with regular exercise and over-the-counter medications. However, as your condition gets worse, you may need medical intervention. Treatment for arthritis depends on the type of arthritis and the severity of symptoms. More severe cases may require prescription medication or surgery.

If you are experiencing joint pain, stiffness, or swelling, it is important to see an arthritis doctor for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan. For example, to treat symptoms of gout, you may need medications to lower the uric acid levels in your body. To treat the chronic pain of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, you may benefit from prescription steroids.

When should I seek treatment for arthritis? 

Although it can occur at any age, arthritis is most common in adults over the age of 65. There are many different types of arthritis, and the symptoms can vary depending on the type. Some people with arthritis may only experience mild pain, while others may have severe pain that limits their ability to perform everyday activities. If you are experiencing any pain or stiffness in your joints, it is important to see a health care provider for an evaluation. They will be able to diagnose and treat the condition and help you manage the pain. Early diagnosis and treatment are important, so don’t wait to see a doctor if you are experiencing any symptoms of arthritis.

At Greenbrook Medical, primary care physicians Prakash Machhar, MD & Raj Machhar, MD, offer onsite diagnostic testing services that evaluate your joint health and determine which type of arthritis may be causing your joint pain. Correct diagnosis is essential, so treatment plans may help manage symptoms effectively while preventing complications like joint deformities.

Call the Seffner or New Port Richey location to schedule a consultation today.

 

 

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