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Arthritis

According to the CDC, approximately 1 in 5 adults in the US are diagnosed with arthritis. Most people with arthritis have difficulty completing daily activities because of inflammation and pain. If your symptoms are negatively impacting your life, schedule an appointment with us for support. Our doctors will develop a thorough care plan to get you get back to a healthy lifestyle free from pain. 

What is arthritis?

Arthritis is describes painful inflammation in the joints. It’s catchall term for over 100 diseases, including 4 subtypes that make up the majority of cases in the US. These include:

1. Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, and typically develops as people age. Over the years, wear and tear on your joints starts to take its toll, causing inflammation and cartilage degeneration.

2. Inflammatory arthritis

The two main types of inflammatory arthritis are psoriatic arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. With both of these conditions, your body’s immune system mistakenly attacks your joints.

3. Gout

This type of arthritis is considered metabolic because it’s caused by a buildup of uric acid in your body. This acid buildup can form needle-like crystals in your joints that cause considerable pain when you move.

4. Infectious arthritis

Infectious arthritis is caused by a bacterial, fungal, or viral infection, and is usually treated with antibiotics.

What Are the symptoms of arthritis?

Arthritis symptoms can make it difficult to complete daily tasks and depletes quality of life. While there are many different types of arthritis, the symptoms are somewhat similar across the board and include:

How Is Arthritis Treated?

There’s often no known cause or cure for arthritis, so your doctor works toward mitigating your symptoms and slowing progression. After your first appointment, our specialists develop a plan to prevent further degeneration and inflammation. Treatment options include:

While these measures may be effective in slowing down the progression of your arthritis, most damage is irreversible. In these cases, your doctor may recommend surgery to repair the joint. Our specialists use their expertise and advanced techniques to provide care that improves your quality of life. Consult with your doctor for a referral, or request an appointment by contacting us!

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

We want you to have the knowledge you need to make informed decisions for your health. Learn more about our orthopedic healthcare services by reading through our Frequently Asked Questions. 

Surgery depends on the severity of injury. Consult with one of our specialists to determine if it’s a route you should take. Your doctor will evaluate your entire injury through comprehensive testing before deciding if surgery is right for you.

Talk with your doctor to schedule a date that works best for you. Schedule flexibility depends on your availability, the severity of your injury and surgeon schedules. 

We recommend taking it easy during your recovery time. Your doctor will provide you with a thorough post-operative care plan to ensure a speedy recovery.

Your recovery depends on where your injury is located. Consult with your doctor before starting. Our practitioners will let you know which times are best for your recovery.

Our goal is for you to return to your normal activities without pain or discomfort! Consult with your doctor about your recovery timeline and how soon you can return to work or sports.

Most insurance providers require a referral from your doctor before covering your care. We recommend scheduling an appointment your doctor before scheduling an appointment with us.

We accept several insurance programs from:

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • FirstCare (Part of Baylor Scott & White Health)
  • GEHA
  • HealthNet
  • HealthSmart
  • Humana
  • Medicare
  • MetLife
  • PHCS
  • TeamChoice
  • Most Worker’s Compensation plans

Consult with our office to ensure your coverage.