Erase arthritis pain with comprehensive, individualized treatment plans
Arthritis is a general term that refers to more than 150 inflammatory conditions affecting the muscles, bones and joints. These conditions affect nearly 23 percent of all adults and are the leading cause of disability in the United States. Identifying your unique symptoms and getting an accurate diagnosis helps ensure appropriate care, treatment and medication so you can feel better faster.
Providing effective, compassionate arthritis pain relief from a variety of conditions
The physicians of Arthritis & Rheumatology Associates of Palm Beach will create an individualized treatment plan to help prevent further joint damage, relieve chronic pain and inflammation while also improving range of motion. Common arthritic conditions we treat include:
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, affecting millions of people worldwide. It occurs when the protective cartilage that cushions the ends of your bones wears down over time. It is commonly treated with oral anti-inflammatory medications as well as exercise and weight-bearing physical activity to help strengthen bones and reduce the chance of fracture.
- Rheumatoid arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune and inflammatory disease, which means your immune system attacks healthy cells in your body my mistake. This leads to inflammation (painful swelling) in the affected parts of your body. The most commonly affected areas are the wrists and hands. It is commonly treated with disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs), regular exercise and physical or occupational therapy.
Osteoporosis, which means porous bone, is a disease characterized by low bone mass and structural deterioration of bone tissue. This leads to fragile, brittle bones that are much more likely to fracture. Osteoporosis is often found in the hips, wrists and spine. It is commonly treated with oral medications and infusion therapy.
Gout is a form of arthritis characterized by sudden and severe pain, redness, swelling and tenderness in the joints. Gout is most common in the large joint of the big toe but other joints may also suffer from painful inflammation. It is commonly treated with medications that lower, limit or improve your blood’s uric acid removal.
- Polymyalgia rheumatica
Polymyalgia rheumatica is an inflammatory disorder that causes muscle pain and stiffness, especially in the shoulders and hips. Signs and symptoms of polymyalgia rheumatica usually begin quickly and are worse in the morning. It is commonly treated with corticosteroids to help reduce inflammation.
Lupus is a chronic (long-term) inflammatory disease that can affect the joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, brain, heart and lungs. It is an autoimmune disease, which means the immune system attacks healthy cells and tissues by mistake. It is commonly treated with anti-inflammatory drugs as well as anti-malarials, corticosteroids, immunosuppressants and biologics.
- Ankylosing spondylosis
Akylosing spondylosis is an under-diagnosed form of arthritis that creates inflammation in the spinal joints and causes chronic back pain and stiffness. People commonly feel pain in the lower back or buttocks region first, however it can migrate to other areas of the body like the hips, neck, or shoulders. It is commonly treated with anti-inflammatories, DMARDs, corticosteroids and biologics
Understanding the most common symptoms of arthritis
If you or a loved one is experiencing one or more of the symptoms below, it’s important to talk to your doctor before your symptoms worsen. Arthritis affects people in many different ways and each condition has specific symptoms, but here are the most common:
- Swelling, redness and warmth in a joint
- Muscular aches and pains
- Stiffness or reduced movement of a joint
- General fatigue
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