Arthritis

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Family Medical Doctors

Internal Medicine & Pulmonary Medicine located in Trinity, FL

Arthritis affects about 54 million adults in the United States. Though symptoms vary, arthritis worsens over time and is a leading cause of disability. An early diagnosis and treatment plan may prevent long-term health complications. The team at Family Medical Doctors in Trinity, Florida, offers comprehensive and compassionate care for arthritis. Using advanced tools and technology, they can provide the diagnosis and care you need to live a full and active life. Call the office or book an appointment online today.

Arthritis Q & A

What is arthritis?

Arthritis is a general term that describes joint inflammation, pain, and stiffness. There are many types of arthritis and diseases that cause joint pain.

However, most types of arthritis are progressive and worsen over time. The treatment for arthritis is similar for most types. 

What are the most common types of arthritis?

There are more than 100 conditions that affect joint health and function. The most common types of arthritis include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, and psoriatic arthritis.

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is the most common cause of joint pain and inflammation. Also called wear-and-tear arthritis, osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition that occurs due to the wearing away of the cartilage that separates the bones in your joints. 

Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune condition. People with rheumatoid arthritis experience joint pain and stiffness because their immune system mistakenly attacks the joint capsule that protects the joint.

Over time, the immune system destroys the joint, leading to severe pain and deformity. 

Gout

Gout is a metabolic form of arthritis that occurs when uric acid crystals settle in the joints. The needlelike crystals cause joint swelling and severe pain. 

Psoriatic arthritis

Psoriatic arthritis occurs in people with psoriasis, which is a chronic skin condition that causes an overproduction of skin cells. 

With psoriatic arthritis, the immune system attacks the connective tissue in the joint. 

How is arthritis diagnosed?

When you visit Family Medical Doctors, your provider conducts an in-depth clinical exam to determine the right diagnosis.

During your exam, your provider reviews your symptoms, medical history, and performs a physical exam.

How is arthritis treated?

Your health care expert at Family Medical Doctors develops an individualized treatment plan for your arthritis based on the severity of symptoms, type of arthritis, and your overall health and wellness. 

Getting an early diagnosis and treatment plan in place may prevent a worsening of your arthritis. 

Your treatment plan may include:

  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Physical therapy
  • An at-home exercise program
  • Bracing
  • Joint injections

Your provider schedules regular follow-up appointments to monitor your joint health and adjust your plan as needed. For severe arthritis, your provider at Family Medical Doctors may refer you to an orthopedic surgeon to discuss joint replacement.

For a comprehensive plan for your arthritis from a compassionate and committed team, call Family Medical Doctors or book an appointment online today.

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