Arthritis is characterized by joint pain and swelling, as well as decreased mobility and physical weakness.
Other common symptoms include general tiredness, difficulty sleeping, and exhaustion. All of these symptoms can have a significant impact on your daily life and overall well-being.
We have all-natural pain relief options at our Gilbert clinic for anyone suffering from arthritis. When you work with us, you won’t have to resort to surgery or opioids, and you’ll be able to resume normal arm movement right away.
What are the causes of Arthritis?
Arthritis may be caused by:
- wear and tear of a joint from overuse
- age (OA is most common in adults over age 50)
- autoimmune disorders
- genes or family history
- muscle weakness
The type of arthritis determines the cause. Osteoarthritis develops as a result of joint wear and tear over time or from overuse. Rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and scleroderma are diseases caused by the body’s immune system attacking its own tissues. Gout is caused by crystal buildup in the joints. Some types of arthritis can be traced back to genes. Ankylosing spondylitis is more common in people who have the genetic marker HLA-B27. The cause of some other types of arthritis is unknown.
How is arthritis diagnosed?
Our clinic will take your medical history and perform a physical examination on you. Tests may also be performed. These include blood tests like:
- Antinuclear antibody (ANA) test. This checks antibody levels in the blood.
- Complete blood count (CBC). This checks if your white blood cell, red blood cell, and platelet levels are normal.
- Creatinine. This test checks for kidney disease.
- Sedimentation rate. This test can find inflammation.
- Hematocrit. This test measures the number of red blood cells.
- RF (rheumatoid factor) and CCP (cyclic citrullinated peptide) antibody tests. These can help diagnose rheumatoid arthritis. They can also assess how severe the disease is.
- White blood cell count. This checks the level of white blood cells in your blood.
- Uric acid. This helps diagnose gout
Call us today to schedule a diagnosis for effective arthritis pain relief in our clinic closest to you.
How is arthritis treated?
Treatment options will vary according to your symptoms, age, and overall health. Additionally, it is determined by the type of arthritis and the severity of the condition. With our care expert’s assistance, each individual receives a customized treatment plan.
Our team can provide arthritis treatment services such as:
- Orthopedist/orthopedic surgeon
- Primary care doctor (family medicine or internal medicine)
- Rehabilitation nurse
- Physical therapist
- Occupational therapist
- Social worker
- Psychologist or psychiatrist
- Recreational therapist
- Vocational therapist
When should I call Advanced Physical Medicine?