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Arthritis Specialist

Internal Medicine Practices

Primary Care, Geriatric Care & Internal Medicine Specialists located in Lady Lake, FL & Tavares, FL

Nearly 60 million US adults suffer from some form of arthritis, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The expert physicians at Internal Medicine Practices in Lady Lake and Tavares, Florida, provide effective treatment for all kinds of arthritis. Without proper treatment, arthritis can be crippling. To learn more about arthritis, call the nearest office or schedule an appointment online today.

Arthritis Q & A

What is arthritis?

Arthritis is a chronic condition. It causes inflammation of at least one of your joints. Several forms of arthritis can affect the joints in your body. In most cases, the condition affects more than one of your joints and gradually gets worse. With early intervention, your doctor at Internal Medicine Practices can reduce your arthritis symptoms.

What kinds of arthritis are there?

Of the roughly 100 kinds of arthritis, the most common are:

Osteoarthritis (OA)

Osteoarthritis is the most widespread kind of arthritis. Also called the “wear-and-tear” arthritis, osteoarthritis commonly appears in the joints that bear weight or impact, like the knees, shoulders, ankles, neck, and feet. OA develops when the protective tissue that surrounds the joints, called cartilage, breaks down.

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease. It causes inflammation in certain joints, particularly those in your hands, wrists, ankles, and feet. It can also cause pain in the joints and muscles in your shoulders, neck, and other areas of your body.

Psoriatic arthritis

Psoriasis is an inflammatory skin condition. It causes red patches of scaly skin to develop. While psoriasis can show up anywhere on the body, it commonly affects the skin on the elbows, knees, and scalp. Some individuals with the condition also develop psoriatic arthritis, which causes pain and stiffness in nearby joints.

What are the symptoms of arthritis?

The symptoms of arthritis vary from patient to patient. In most cases, arthritis pain increases over time and doesn’t ease without treatment. Common symptoms of arthritis include:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Stiffness
  • Reduced range of motion
  • Difficulty bending the affected area
  • Buckling at the affected joint
  • Pain that gets worse with activity
  • Pain that gets worse when the weather changes

In many osteoarthritis cases, small pieces of cartilage can break off and limit movement in the affected joint. This can lead to pain and difficulty moving the affected area, like the knees or elbows.

What are the treatments for arthritis?

How your Internal Medicine Practices doctor treats your arthritis will depend on what kind and how severe it is. The most common treatments for arthritis include:

  • Medication
  • Physical therapy
  • Rehabilitation exercises
  • Lifestyle modifications
  • Weight management
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Viscosupplementation

To schedule an arthritis consultation, call the nearest Internal Medicine Practices location, or book an appointment online today.

Fax: 949-543-2074