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Why Are You Settling for Chronic Joint Pain?

November 18, 2019 Posted in: Orthopedics

Arthritis can cause swelling, stiffness, fatigue and pain. If you’re experiencing these symptoms of arthritis, you’re not alone. One in five adults in the US has been diagnosed with arthritis by their doctor. But more than discomfort and pain, it can limit your activity and keep you from doing what you love.

There are two well-known forms of arthritis.

Osteoarthritis causes joint pain resulting from wear and tear that happens as we age. This is the most common form of osteoarthritis, and it mostly affects a patient’s hands, knees, hips, and spine.

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is the most common type of inflammatory arthritis that is triggered by a faulty immune system (the body’s defense system). While there is no cure for RA, it is very treatable with medication to prevent progression of the disease. While it can affect any joint, the wrist and small joints of the hand including the knuckles and the middle joints of the fingers are most frequently involved. Rheumatoid arthritis is often diagnosed between age 40 and 60, but it can be seen in children and patients much older.

With arthritis and other autoimmune disorders, early diagnosis is important for effective, long-term management of the disease. We use a combination of your family history, a physical exam, blood tests, and x-rays to make a diagnosis. Every person responds differently to medications and treatment, and we work closely with you to develop a tailored treatment program that controls your symptoms and helps you live your best life.

Don't keep living with pain. Call CHI Memorial Arthritis and Rheumatology Associates at (423) 362-7990 to schedule an appointment.

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