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Arthritis

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Joint pain and stiffness are conditions that many adults will experience. These complaints become more common as a person ages because the cartilage that surrounds our joints naturally degrades over time. As the cartilage wears down within our knees, hips, hands, wrists, elbows and other joints, the bones grate against each other causing inflammation. This inflammation leads to joint stiffness and pain. There are many classifications of arthritis and the two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Osteoarthritis is the wear-and-tear of cartilage that occurs over time and rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder where the body’s immune system attacks the cartilage.  In both circumstances there is little that a person can do to avoid their condition, however there are actions you can take to delay the onset of osteoarthritis. Some preventative measures include eating right, keeping active, maintaining a healthy weight, not smoking, avoiding overuse of the joint(s) and taking medications recommended by your physician.

As regular exercise can delay the onset of arthritis and many other chronic health conditions and joint pain can interrupt exercise regiments, it is important to see your doctor if you experience joint pain. Arthritis is a degenerative disease, meaning the condition worsens over time, so seeking treatment in the earliest stages of the condition may help you delay the progression of the disease.

Dr. Ailis Marrero and the medical team at Connerton Family Medicine in Connerton have extensive experience in how to treat, diagnose and when possible, delay the onset of arthritis. Our team is skilled in helping arthritis sufferers to reclaim their former range of motion and resume their lifestyles.

If you, or a family member in the Connerton area, are experiencing joint pain and stiffness, especially pain that seems to worsen over time or at certain times of the day, we encourage you to call Connerton Family Medicine and make an appointment with Dr. Ailis Marrero as soon as possible. Contact us at 813.803.7907 or make an appointment request via our convenient, online form.

Common Forms of Arthritis

Symptoms

  • Pain in and around the joints
  • Diminished joint flexibility
  • Joint inflammation, stiffness and weakness
  • Redness and warmth in or around the joints

Causes and Risk Factors

  • Advanced age
  • Autoimmune disorder
  • Family history
  • Infection
  • Previous joint injury
  • Wear-and-tear over time
  • Being overweight
  • Steroid use
  • Other underlying medical condition

Possible Treatments

  • Exercises targeted on muscles and joint strength
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Surgery/joint replacement
  • Dietary and lifestyle modifications
  • Pain relievers