Arthritis

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

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Arthritis

An estimated 58.5 million Americans have persistent joint stiffness and pain due to arthritis. At Greenbrook Medical, primary care physicians Prakash Machhar, MD and Raj Machhar, MD offer on-site diagnostic testing services to evaluate your joint health and pinpoint the type of arthritis. They also customize treatment plans to help you manage your arthritis symptoms and prevent complications like joint deformities. To schedule an arthritis consultation, call the office nearest you today, or request an appointment online. You can do so at either our Seffner or New Port Richey locations.

What is arthritis?

Arthritis is a chronic disease that affects your joints. While there are over 100 types of arthritis, the most common types are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout.

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is a disease that develops over time as the protective cartilage that lines the ends of your bones breaks down. Without enough cartilage, the bones in your joints can rub together, triggering inflammation, joint stiffness, and chronic pain.

Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that causes your body to mistakenly attack otherwise healthy joints. That can lead to chronic joint inflammation and pain.

Gout

Gout is 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.

When should I seek treatment for arthritis?

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.

Greenbrook Medical offers comprehensive arthritis care on-site, including diagnostic testing services and customized treatment plans. The physicians can determine the type of arthritis you have through blood work and a physical exam.

Schedule an appointment if you have symptoms you can’t manage on your own, such as severe joint pain and swelling that interferes with your ability to work or be physically active.

How is arthritis treated?

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 medications.

Steroids can reduce severe inflammation, so you can participate in physical therapy to strengthen the muscles that support your joint. When oral steroids aren’t working well, you may benefit from steroid injections that deliver the medication directly into your joint.

You don’t have to live in constant arthritis pain. Learn more about the available arthritis treatments by calling the Greenbrook Medical office nearest you today or requesting an appointment online.

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