Arthritis

Arthritis Specialist
If you’re suffering from the daily pain of arthritis, you are not alone You’re suffering alongside 54 million other Americans. Although you may have been led to believe otherwise, you can find relief from arthritis with the right care from a trained and experienced doctor. Orthopedic medicine and sports medicine doctors specialize in relieving the pain and limitations that come with arthritis. To learn more, contact Drs. Sinha and Spencer at STAR Ortho in Rancho Mirage and La Quinta, California today. Their friendly team is standing by to answer your questions and schedule your consultation appointment.

Arthritis Q & A

What causes arthritis?

Because there are several variations of arthritis and each has its own causes, the answer to this question isn’t simple. However, having a family history of arthritis, being overweight, smoking, drinking to excess, eating poorly, and being female are known to increase your risk of the most common forms of arthritis.

Additionally, prior injuries can cause arthritis, so preventing those injuries whenever possible can reduce your risk.

What are the signs and symptoms of arthritis?

If you’re experiencing the following signs and symptoms, schedule an appointment with an orthopedist for further evaluation and treatment today:

  • Joint pain
  • Stiffness in your joints
  • Swollen joints
  • Redness around your joints
  • Limited range of motion

Arthritis is chronic, which means you experience symptoms indefinitely after you develop the disease, but symptoms can peak and wane. Many patients with arthritis have good days and bad days.

Who is at highest risk of developing arthritis?

Women and those with a family history of arthritis are at highest risk of developing the disease. While you can’t control these risk factors, you can quit smoking, maintain a healthy weight, and eat a healthy diet to limit your risk of arthritis.

Arthritis is common; nearly 1 in 4 Americans suffers from the disease.

How is arthritis diagnosed?

Arthritis is diagnosed based on physical examination, lab tests, and imaging tests like x-rays and MRIs. The diagnostic tests you require can vary depending on your symptoms. Some patients may not need lab tests or x-rays.

How is arthritis treated?

Treatment depends on the kind of arthritis you have and the causes of that arthritis, and may include:

  • Medications to relieve pain, reduce inflammation, or suppress the immune system
  • Physical therapy to improve your range of motion and build strength in the muscles that support the joints
  • Surgery to repair, replace, or fuse the joint
  • Lifestyle modifications to reduce pain and promote healing

Talk to your doctor to find the right treatment for your arthritis.

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