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Arthritis

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Joint pain and stiffness are among the most common complaints we hear from adult patients, and often, the culprit is arthritis. Marked by inflammation of the tissues that line each of your joints, this condition can sometimes cause irreversible damage to the affected area over a prolonged period. It can be caused by regular wear and tear, overuse or injury, or possibly an underlying illness. The most commonly diagnosed type of arthritis is osteoarthritis, which may occur long after a joint injury sustained playing sports, in a car accident or fall.  The next most common form of the disease is called rheumatoid arthritis (RA), followed by gout.

The Community Care Advantage

Importantly, arthritis is not something to be ignored or simply accepted as part of getting older. At Community Care Family Practice, our family medicine physicians advanced training in geriatric medicine gives him a unique understanding of how arthritis impacts seniors’ everyday lives, and his training as an osteopathic physician (DO) gives him a particularly thorough knowledge of the musculoskeletal system.   He works with each patient to help restore their range of motion, reduce their pain and allow them to carry on with their lives without doing further damage to their body.

If you are among the thousands of Floridians who have chronic joint pain and stiffness, don’t let it steal your active lifestyle from you. Our practice is here to help with effective treatment and rehabilitation options. Contact us at 813.788.3582 or complete an appointment request form online.

Symptoms of Arthritis

  • Aching joints
  • Decreased joint mobility
  • Inflammation
  • Joint stiffness and weakness
  • Redness and warmth

Contributing Causes and Risk Factors

  • Being overweight
  • Chronic inflammatory disorder (rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Family history
  • Getting older
  • Infection (septic arthritis)
  • Previous joint injury
  • Normal wear-and-tear
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Psoriasis
  • Steriod use
  • Underlying medical condition

Potential Treatments

  • Hot and cold therapy
  • NSAID medications
  • Physical rehabilitation/exercises
  • Referral for surgical consultation/joint replacement
  • Lifestyle modifications (diet, weight management, exercise)
  • Pain relievers