Arthritis

Family Care

Family Medicine located in Davenport, FL & Poinciana, FL

Have you been experiencing joint stiffness lately? Does it hurt to walk or type at your computer? You might be exhibiting the symptoms of arthritis, a joint disorder that causes painful inflammation. At Family Care in both Davenport and Poinciana, Florida, Dr. Maria Concepcion, Dr. Retta Skinner, NP, and Dr. Marygold Fernandez help patients struggling with arthritis find the best treatment plans through comprehensive care and expert prevention. Call or go online today to book an appointment.

Arthritis Q&A

What are the different types of arthritis?

The two most common types of arthritis are as follows:

Rheumatoid arthritis

You suffer from rheumatoid arthritis when your immune system attacks its own healthy tissue, effectively damaging your joints and bones in your feet and ankles; fingers and thumbs; elbows and wrists; knees and shoulders.  

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis refers to a condition in which the cartilage at the end of your bones progressively starts to deteriorate, causing bones to rub against each other. While osteoarthritis generally affects older people, it can also be precipitated by various injuries.

Another less common, though still prevalent, type of arthritis is gout, which refers to the inflammation of a joint due to the sudden and overwhelming presence of uric acid within it.

What are the risk factors for arthritis?

The main risk factors for arthritis have to do with a mixture of family history, age and wellness, and previous joint injuries.  

People can also develop arthritis if their diet is unbalanced. The team at Family Care recommends that you stay away from inflammation-inducing foods, like those high in refined sugar.

What are the symptoms of arthritis?

Arthritis affects each person differently, especially when it affects patients in differing areas of the body. Nevertheless, the most common symptoms of arthritis include any of the following:

  • Joint tenderness
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Trouble moving
  • Pain

What are some treatments for arthritis?

The team at Family Care works with you to craft the most individualized treatment plan to treat your specific kind of arthritis.

Rheumatoid arthritis

Treatments for rheumatoid arthritis are often fruitless, although perseverance and commitment to proper treatment can yield incredible results. Some treatments include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for pain and inflammation management, quick-acting corticosteroids or biologic injections.

If your symptoms worsen or don’t stagnate even after your treatment is over, your doctor at Family Care might recommend surgery.

Osteoarthritis

One of the most effective treatments for osteoarthritis is stem cell therapy. By injecting stem cells directly into the affected area, your body is given the opportunity to renew itself and repair the space the stem cells occupy.

Nevertheless, other treatments are available, including acetaminophen, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, physical and occupational therapies, injections, and in the most extreme cases, joint replacement.

Joint stiffness isn’t fun for anyone. Contact a team member at Family Care by phone or online to learn more about what you can do to get your mobility back.

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