Arthritis

Austin Primary Care Physicians -  - Internist

Austin Primary Care Physicians

Internists located in Austin, TX & Cedar Park, TX

Arthritis Specialist
Pain, stiffness, redness, swelling, and decreased range of motion are all symptoms of arthritis, a debilitating disease that causes damage to the cartilage surrounding joints throughout the body. The qualified team of physicians and allied medical staff at Austin Primary Care Physicians in Austin, Texas, are passionate about providing care that improves quality of life for patients suffering from the pain and immobility associated with arthritis.

Arthritis Q & A

Who is at highest risk of developing arthritis?

The people with the highest risk for arthritis are:

  • Women: Slightly more likely to get arthritis than men
  • Genetic lines: People with a family history of arthritis
  • Seniors: Arthritis is more common in later years
  • People who have suffered joint injuries in the past.
  • Heavier people: Increasing strain on lower extremity joints

What are the risks associated with untreated arthritis?

The most threatening risk is the deformity of joints, which can limit movement and make it difficult to walk or even sit in a comfortable position.

What causes arthritis?

There are 2 primary kinds of arthritis, each with unique contributing factors.

Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis — the most common form of arthritis — is caused by wear and tear on the joints, resulting from either injury or years of use.

Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis — which is significantly less common — is caused by an autoimmune dysfunction that causes the body to initiate an attack on the membrane that lines the joint capsule.

How is arthritis diagnosed?

A physical examination by a qualified health provider is the first step in diagnosing arthritis. Following the physical exam, the doctor may need to order further tests, including, blood tests and diagnostic imaging using X-Ray, CT scan, MRI, or ultrasound. With the information gathered an accurate diagnosis can be made.

How is arthritis treated?

There are a wide variety of treatments available for arthritis. Most patients are prescribed 1 or more of the following:

  • Lifestyle changes: To lose weight or limit strain on the affected joint
  • Physical therapy: To improve range of motion and strengthen muscles supporting the joint
  • Orthotics (braces or splints): To stabilize the joint or alleviate pain and discomfort
  • Medications: To relieve pain, reduce inflammation, or suppress the immune system
  • Surgery: To repair or replace the joint
  • Alternative medicine: Massage, acupuncture, and supplements

The best way to ensure the treatment is appropriate for the patient’s condition is to see a doctor who has years of experience in the treatment of arthritis, like the doctors at Austin Primary Care Physicians.

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