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Arthritis

Arthritis refers to about 200 rheumatic conditions that affect the joints and the tissues surrounding the joints.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, it is an inflammatory disease affecting more than 50 million adults in the United States. Substantially impacting the mobility of those affected.

Our physicians at Advanced Dermatology, NY, can help diagnose the specific arthritis type that may affect you and discuss the treatment options available to you.

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Arthritis Symptoms

This disease has a diverse range of symptoms, with factors such as injury, abnormal metabolism, genetic makeup and health directly affecting the development of arthritis.

The most common arthritis symptoms include:

  • Persistent joint pain, tenderness and swelling.
  • Lack of movement within your joints.
  • Pain and stiffness in your hands and wrists after immobiliztion.

Your symptoms can develop gradually or suddenly depending on the type of arthritis.

The Most Common Types of Arthritis

The are many types of arthritis, but the most common in the United States are:

  • Osteoarthritis
    A degenerative joint disease that mostly affects the hands, hips and knees.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
    An autoimmune inflammatory disease that commonly affects the hands, wrists and knees.
  • Gout
    A very painful form of inflammatory arthritis that ordinarily affects one joint at a time. Symptoms can come and go, also referred to as remission.
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What Causes Arthritis?

The cause or causes of arthritis vary depending on the type of arthritis. Possible causes may include:

  • Aging.
  • Overuse.
  • Injury.
  • Abnormal metabolism.
  • Genetics.
  • Infections.
  • Immune system dysfunction.
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Your Advanced Dermatology physician can diagnose arthritis in various ways, including:

  • A physical exam.
  • X-rays.
  • CT scans.
  • Joint, urine and blood tests.

Treatment

Arthritis treatment aims to improve the quality of life for those affected by this condition. Treatment options include:

  • Medication to help manage pain and inflammation.
  • Physical and occupational therapy.
  • Assistive aids such as splints.
  • Education and support.
  • Diet and exercise.
  • Surgery, including joint replacement.

Are You At Risk of Developing Arthritis?

You may be at risk of developing this inflammatory joint disease if you:

  • Have excess weight in areas that places strain on your joints.
  • Participate in high level sports that require repetitive motion or sports that involve impact that may cause injury.
  • Have an occupation that involves heavy lifting and places stress on your joints.
  • Are at an age where your bones and joints are undergoing degenerative changes.

Our physicians can help you better understand these risks and advice on lifestyle and diet changes that may mitigate these risks.

Contact One Of Our NY Offices

Schedule your consultation if you are at risk of developing arthritis or have arthritis and want to consult on the treatment options available to you.

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