Arthritis & Joint Pain
Arthritis is a form of joint disorder that involves inflammation of one or more joints. Arthritis pain is due to inflammation that occurs around the joint, damage to the joint from disease, daily wear and tear of the joint and muscle strains caused by forceful movements against stiff painful joints and fatigue.
The most common form is osteoarthritis, a progressive degenerative joint disease characterized by the breakdown of joint cartilage associated with risk factors such as history of joint injury, extra weight and age. Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a systemic disease characterized by the inflammation of the membranes lining the joint, which causes pain, stiffness, warmth, swelling and sometimes severe joint damage. Septic arthritis is caused by joint infection. Juvenile Arthritis (JA) describes the many autoimmune and inflammatory conditions that can develop in children ages 16 and younger.
During the physical exam, your doctor will check your joints for swelling, redness and warmth. Dr A will also want to see how well you can move your joints. There are several tests to be suggested depending on the the type of arthritis suspected.
Arthritis treatment focuses on relieving symptoms and improving joint function. You may need to try several different treatments, or combinations of treatments, before you determine what works best for you.
The medications used to treat arthritis vary depending on the type of arthritis. Commonly used arthritis medications include:
Explore MJA Healthcare Network studies and articles on joint pain and arthritis as you prepare for your first visit.
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