Arthritis is a common chronic joint problem that can cause significant pain and reduced joint function. For men and women living in Beverly Hills, California, the care of Naheed Ali, MD, FHM of Dilshad Concierge Medicine, Beverly Hills, can help. If you’re searching for relief from joint pain and inflammation, call to check appointment availability. You can also try the easy online scheduling tool to set up your visit from the comfort of home at any time of day or night.
Arthritis isn’t a single disease but a term used to describe more than 100 different but related types of joint disease. The problem is more common among older men and women, but anyone can develop arthritis, even children.
This type of arthritis is the most common, and occurs as your joints wear down over time. Once the tissues that lubricate and cushion your joints begin to break down, the bones can come into contact, which triggers serious pain and inflammation.
This type of arthritis occurs when your immune system mistakenly attacks your joints with an unprovoked inflammatory response. Early diagnosis and proactive treatment can make a big difference in the progression of these types of arthritis, which include rheumatoid and psoriatic arthritis.
When your joints are infected by a virus, bacterium, or fungus, inflammation and pain can follow. If caught and treated in the early stages, infectious arthritis can often be cured. Left untreated, however, this form of arthritis can become chronic.
Some people develop arthritis due to a physiological problem. Gout is an example of this type of arthritis, and forms when too much uric acid remains in your body.
Joint pain is one of the most common symptoms of arthritis. Pain can be sharp or dull, and can come and go or be a steady type of discomfort. Swelling is also common, and can cause visible changes in your joints.
Joint stiffness is also a common sign of arthritis. Many people notice their joints are stiffer in the morning and then become more flexible as the day wears on. Decreased range of motion can indicate arthritis, and even fatigue or changes in appetite can be signs.
If you suspect arthritis may be to blame for your joint issues, schedule a diagnostic exam with Dr. Ali right away.
Medication may play a role in treating your arthritis. Some drugs help reduce inflammation while others address pain as well as lessening swelling.
There are also topical medications that alter the way your body transmits pain signals to your brain. In the case of inflammatory arthritis, immunosuppressant drugs can lessen inflammation.
Physical therapy can treat arthritis by strengthening the muscles that support affected joints. Flexibility exercises can also help increase your range of motion.
Lifestyle modification is also a powerful way to treat arthritis. Losing weight, improving your diet, and getting plenty of exercise are all excellent places to begin. Dr. Ali can recommend changes that will improve your arthritis and your overall health. To learn more, call or use the online booking tool to set up a visit today.