Arthritis affects your joints, so you’re likely to have aches and pains in one or more of these parts of your body. You might also have a stiffness that decreases your range of motion. In fact, your affected joints might end up being so stiff that you have trouble moving them. When you have arthritis, your joints might also become swollen and red. If you have a severe case of arthritis, your affected joints might become twisted.
If you have osteoarthritis, which is the more common type of arthritis, the cartilage on the ends of your joint bones wears away. That causes your bones to rub together, which can create painful bone spurs. You can develop osteoarthritis gradually over many years, but your symptoms might become worse if you injure your joints. Dr. Ramin evaluates your condition and lets you know how severe it is, so you can get the treatment you need for pain relief.
If you have rheumatoid arthritis, your immune system attacks the synovial membrane in your joints. These attacks make this membrane swell up and become inflamed. If you have a severe case of rheumatoid arthritis, your immune system might cause enough damage to wear away your bones and cartilage. Dr. Ramin conducts a thorough evaluation to determine if you have this type of arthritis and how advanced it is.
You have a higher risk of arthritis if you have one or more of the following risk factors:
Dr. Ramin helps you come up with a plan for managing your arthritis symptoms based on how severe they are and your daily routine. Your plan might include taking medications that reduce inflammation, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and doing physical therapy exercises that keep your joints more flexible. Dr. Ramin might also recommend losing excess weight, putting ice or heat on sore joints, and using a cane or other assistive device to help you move around and do routine tasks with greater ease.
If you need treatment for arthritis, please contact David Ramin, MD to schedule an appointment.
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