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Arthritis

Arthritis

Arthritis Services located in Atlanta, GA

More than 58 million Americans suffer from arthritis, a group of diseases that cause chronic joint pain. At Buckhead Injury Wellness Institute in Atlanta, Georgia, pain management specialists Kevin McCowan, MD, and Carisa Hines, MD, offer complete care for the various types of arthritis. These include osteoarthritis, gout, and post-traumatic arthritis. Healthy lifestyle changes and prescription medication often help you feel better. Call Buckhead Injury Wellness Institute today to schedule an arthritis consultation, or book your appointment online.

Arthritis Q & A

What is arthritis?

Arthritis is the general name for over 100 diseases that cause joint inflammation and stiffness. Though there’s no cure for any form of arthritis, intervention, and treatment can reduce the severity of the damage and help you maintain your mobility.

Arthritis can show up anywhere in the body. But it’s most commonly found in the joints that experience regular wear-and-tear — the knees, hips, and elbows.

Are there different types of arthritis?

Yes, and Buckhead Injury Wellness Institute diagnoses and treats several of arthritis, including:

Osteoarthritis

Also called “wear-and-tear” arthritis, osteoarthritis causes your cartilage — a soft tissue that pads your joints — to break down. Without cartilage to support the joints, the bones rub against each other, causing varying levels of inflammation and pain.

Gout

Gout is the buildup of uric acid crystals in the joints, which causes intense pain. This form of arthritis is most common in men and usually affects the big toe.

Post-traumatic arthritis

This arthritis develops after a traumatic injury, like a car accident or a dislocated joint.

Ankylosing spondylitis

Also called spinal arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis causes a sharp or aching pain in the lower back.

Buckhead Injury Wellness Institute doesn’t treat rheumatoid arthritis (RA). If you have RA, your provider refers you to a rheumatologist (an autoimmune disease specialist).

What are the symptoms of arthritis?

Arthritis symptoms include:

  • Warmth
  • Tenderness
  • Swelling
  • Stiffness
  • Redness
  • Pain

Depending on which arthritis you have, these symptoms can come and go or remain constant.

How is arthritis diagnosed?

Your Buckhead Injury Wellness Institute provider reviews your medical records and asks about your symptoms, including where the pain occurs and how it affects your life. Next, they complete a physical exam, assessing your joint’s mobility and checking for areas of tenderness and swelling.

Your provider then orders diagnostic imaging, like X-rays, an MRI, or an ultrasound. These procedures take clear pictures of your bones, joints, and surrounding tissues and help guide treatment.

How is arthritis treated?

Buckhead Injury Wellness Institute takes a conservative and minimally invasive approach to treating arthritis. They could recommend:

  • Therapeutic injections (for example, corticosteroids)
  • Physical therapy (stretches and strengthening exercises)
  • Activity changes
  • Mobility devices (for example, a cane or a walker)
  • Losing weight
  • Improved nutrition
  • Vitamins and supplements
  • Prescription medication
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • Regenerative medicine (for example, platelet-rich plasma PRP)

If your symptoms continue or get worse, even after treatment, you might need surgery. Your provider can refer you to an orthopedic specialist.

Call Buckhead Injury Wellness Institute today for arthritis treatment, or book your appointment online.