Arthritis Q & A
What is arthritis?
Arthritis refers to more than 100 different conditions and diseases that affect the joints. Though their causes vary, most types of arthritis typically cause joint pain, stiffness, and inflammation. Some of the most common forms of arthritis include:
Childhood or juvenile arthritis causes permanent damage to the joints. When symptoms worsen, or flare, children have difficulty doing everyday things like walking or playing. There’s no known cause or cure for juvenile arthritis, but some patients can achieve permanent remission.
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of the disease, affecting more than 30 million adults in the U.S. It’s called the “wear and tear” disease because bone and cartilage in and around the joint break down slowly over time.
Most patients experience osteoarthritis in the knees, hips, and hands. No cure exists for osteoarthritis, but treatment can alleviate pain and symptoms.
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) causes the body’s immune system to attack its own joint tissue. As the body attacks the cartilage between the joints -- or other organs -- severe damage and deformity can occur. RA has no cure, but relief from its symptoms is possible.
What are arthritis symptoms?
Most types of arthritis cause joint pain, stiffness, and inflammation. Patients with rheumatoid arthritis can also experience warm and swollen joints, fatigue, fever, and weight loss.
However, because there are many different types of arthritis, symptoms vary from patient to patient. Age, overall health, and lifestyle also determine which symptoms manifest.
How is arthritis treated?
Most forms of arthritis have no known cure, yet many different treatments can reduce your pain, increase your movement, and prevent future joint damage. Dr. Rabadi uses an integrative treatment approach:
Depending on the type and severity of your arthritis, Dr. Rabadi recommends over-the-counter pain medication, anti-inflammatory medication, or topical skin creams for pain relief. Corticosteroid medication injected into the knee relieves symptoms temporarily, but Dr. Rabadi can also lubricate arthritic knees with Hyaluronic acid.
For many patients, maintaining a healthy weight, eating right, and getting plenty of rest reduces arthritic pain and enhances mobility. Low-impact exercises like swimming or walking several times a week also reduce stiffness and increase flexibility.
Joint replacement surgery removes damaged joints and replaces them with durable, man-made parts. Dr. Rabadi recommends surgery for patients with severe arthritis that interferes with standing, walking, and other daily activities.
Call or go online to book an appointment so that Dr. Rabadi can help you resume a pain-free, active lifestyle.
Ammir Rabadi, M.D.
Board Certified Family Practice Physician located in Yonkers, NY
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that more than 54 million adults in the U.S. have some form of doctor-diagnosed arthritis. Arthritis-related joint pain and inflammation keep many people from doing the things they love, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Dr. Ammir Rabadi in Yonkers, New York believes that early intervention is the best way to minimize joint damage and increase patient mobility. Call or go online to schedule your arthritis checkup today.