Arthritis it is not a single disease: it is an umbrella term meaning ‘joint pain’ and refers to over 100 conditions affecting approximately 54.4 million Americans.
These are some of the most common diagnoses:
Osteoarthritis: a common form of arthritis in which the bones and cartilage deteriorate, causing pain
Tendinitis: When an inflamed or irritated tendon causes pain around the joint. Tendinitis most commonly occurs in the wrists, shoulders, elbows, knees, and heels
Arthritis can sometimes signal the presence of these underlying autoimmune conditions:
Rheumatoid Arthritis: an autoimmune disease that can cause chronic inflammation to the wrist and hand, feet, or knees
Fibromyalgia: a chronic condition characterized widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, headaches, anxiety and depression, and brain fog
Lupus: an inflammatory disease in which the immune system attacks the body’s tissues and organs, including the joints
Juvenile Arthritis: An umbrella term for inflammatory and autoimmune conditions –also known as pediatric rheumatic diseases – that occur in children under sixteen.
Gout: A complex form of arthritis in which uric acid crystals deposit in the joints (usually the toes) and cause swelling, redness, and pain
Psoriatic Arthritis: this form of arthritis occurs in patients who have psoriasis, a disease in which the body’s immune system attacks the skin. Psoriatic arthritis can result in painful, stiff and swollen joints, including swelling of the fingers and toes.
Arthritis treatments will vary depending upon your diagnosis. Some patients will benefit from finding the right medication and dosage for pain management, some will respond to physical therapy, others may require surgical intervention for joint repair. Our team of highly qualified orthopedic surgeons, PAs, nurse practitioners, and support staff will help you determine which course of treatment is right for you.