According to the Arthritis Foundation, more than 50 million people have joint pain, or arthritis. At Legacy MD, Ousama Moammar, MD, cares for men and women in Frisco, Texas who have problems with everyday tasks because of pain related to arthritis. Call the office to book an appointment or use the online scheduler to reserve a consultation.
Arthritis Q & A
What is arthritis?
Arthritis is a disease that causes inflammation, swelling, pain, stiffness, and limited mobility in your joints. The word arthritis is an umbrella term for over a hundred kinds of conditions that cause problems with your joints.
What are the different types of arthritis?
While there are more than 100 specific types of arthritis, they can be categorized in four main types:
- Inflammatory: your immune system attacks your joints and causes rampant inflammation
- Degenerative: bone and cartilage deteriorate and cause terrible pain, also called osteoarthritis
- Metabolic: a buildup of uric acid creates gout, or a sudden onset of extreme joint pain
- Infectious: bacteria, fungus, or a virus, such as salmonella, hepatitis C, or gonorrhea infect your joints
What are the symptoms of arthritis?
While each type manifests differently, there are some general symptoms of arthritis that include:
- Swelling in your joints
- Inability to properly grip with your fingers
- Decreased range of motion
Every type of arthritis causes pain, though it can be mild or severe, and come on suddenly or creep up gradually.
What parts of the body are affected by arthritis?
Arthritis can affect any of your joints, but there are some areas that are more prone than others. Dr. Moammar frequently treats men and women with pain and stiffness in their back, hands, knees, hips, and feet.
How is arthritis diagnosed?
The skilled team at Legacy MD conducts a comprehensive physical exam. They’ll check the range of motion of your joints, take X-rays, run labs, and possibly extract and test some of your joint fluid. Equipped with the results from these things, Dr. Moammar can make an arthritis diagnosis.
How is arthritis treated?
Depending on what’s causing your arthritis, Dr. Moammar writes a custom treatment plan to get you back to your regular activities. Some treatment options that he may recommend include:
- Anti-inflammatory medication
- Physical therapy
- Regenerative therapies, like stem cell injections
- Joint injections with corticosteroids
- Heat or cold therapy
Each treatment option aims to reduce your pain as quickly as possible. For relief from your arthritis, call Legacy MD to book an appointment or use the online scheduler to reserve a time at your convenience.