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Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Overview)

A condition where there is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily damages the articular cartilage.


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What are the treatments for arthritis?

What are the treatments for arthritis?

Multiple: Multiple treatments, many involve the use of medications; there are injections that we try as well; finally, there are even surgical approaches as well. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Namey
2,397 doctors shared insights

Arthritis (Overview)

A condition where there is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily damages the articular cartilage.


Dr. Dean Giannone Dr. Giannone
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Living with Degenerative Arthritis (Checklist)

Lose weight.
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Regular low impact cardiovascular exercise.
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Light weight training.
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Glucosamine/Chondroitin supplementation.
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What are some risk factors of arthritis?

What are some risk factors of arthritis?

Several: Age, weight, injury (like an acl tear), and unfortunately genetics. ...Read more

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How does arthritis differ from rheumatoid arthritis?

How does arthritis differ from rheumatoid arthritis?

Big difference.: Rheumatoid arthritis is but one of over 100 types of arthritis. Most are inflammatory and need management by a rheumatology specialist. But the term generically applies to degenerative arthritis, with minmal inflammation. Or tendon issues, ie. Rotator cuff that may be mechanical in origin-impingement syndrome, yet be called "shoulder arthritis.". ...Read more

Dr. Martin Morell Dr. Morell
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Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis (Checklist)

Communicate with physician if breakthrough flares occur to adjust meds
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Learn to differentiate osteoarthritis pain from rheumatoid flare
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Take medications as prescribed and keep active
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How does arthritis differ from rheumatoid arthritis?

Big difference.: Rheumatoid arthritis is but one of over 100 types of arthritis. Most are inflammatory and need management by a rheumatology specialist. But the term generically applies to degenerative arthritis, with minmal inflammation. Or tendon issues, ie. Rotator cuff that may be mechanical in origin-impingement syndrome, yet be called "shoulder arthritis.". ...Read more

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I have sharp shooting pains around the thumb into the wrist and they said it is a symptom and of arthritis but that make sense?

I have sharp shooting pains around the thumb into the wrist and they said it is a symptom and of arthritis but that make sense?

Thumb arthritis : At the basilar joint or cmc joint where the thumb and wrist meets often presents with pain radiation to the thenar eminence the muscles that help move the thumb or along the wrist up the forearm it is a very common problem. Treatment begins conservative with ice, OTC NSAIDs , part time soft splints. And understanding how to modify activity without impacting daily use. If symptoms worsen prescriptions injections and even surgery can help you could find more information by seeing a hand surgeon ...Read more

Dr. Jessica Allan Dr. Allan
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Living with Psoriatic Arthritis (Checklist)

Maintain contact with your rheumatolgist to guide your treatment
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Choose healthy lifestyle by quitting smoking, exercising & eating well
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Go to the National Psoriasis Foundation for more support
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My symptoms: arthritis in right hand, left foot, and neck; ankles sore when sitting on for a while, sharp outer chest pain. Are these connected?

My symptoms: arthritis in right hand, left foot, and neck; ankles sore when sitting on for a while, sharp outer chest pain. Are these connected?

It's possible: You have "asymmetric" arthritis. There are some systemic illnesses that can cause this. Gout comes to mind. Osteoarthritis is another. Consultation with a rheumatologist would lead to an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

Dr. Robert Lowe
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Painful Joints (Definition)

That term is not really a specific diagnosis, but rather somewhat of a general term. The medical term is arthralgias, which implies pain in multiple joint possibly coming from a single cause. Don't hesitate to be seen and evaluated for ...Read more