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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

Dr. Thomas Namey
2,426 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.


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Arthritis (Tip)

Is it curable? When do you recommend epidural shots or surgery? Are they effective? Do I have arthritis? ...See more

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Living with Degenerative Arthritis (Checklist)

Lose weight
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Engage in regular, low-impact cardiovascular exercise
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Take a Glucosamine Chondroitin supplement
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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 minimal inflammation, or tendon issues, i.e. a rotator cuff that may be mechanical in origin-impingement syndrome, yet be called "shoulder arthritis." ...Read more

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Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis (Checklist)

Ask your doctor to adjust your medication if you experience breakthrough flares
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Learn to differentiate osteoarthritis pain from a rheumatoid flare
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Take medications as prescribed
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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 minimal inflammation, or tendon issues, i.e. a 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

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Living with Psoriatic Arthritis (Checklist)

Maintain contact with your rheumatologist to guide your treatment
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Maintain a healthy lifestyle
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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

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What are some signs of arthritis and is it preventable?

What are some signs of arthritis and is it preventable?

Pain in joints: Some types of arthritis might run in the family. However, that does not mean a person cannot do things to delay onset or decrease the effect. Start by getting a family history. Take that to a primary care provider for consultation and examination. Ask for a list of activities to avoid and for things to do for prevention. If needed, ask for a referral to a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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How do you diagnose arthritis rheumatic and osteo?

How do you diagnose arthritis rheumatic and osteo?

Xam immaging, labs: These 2 entities have very different causes and footprints.

Ra = lab test 4 r usually positive, multipal joints involved sed rates high 50-60, immaging=destructive of joint from outter edge inward. Osteoporosis.

Osteo films show spurs, joint narrowing. Labs wnl, sed rate may b up a little. No osteoporosis, but sclerosis, more dense bone

best I can do in 400 or less. ...Read more

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What is arthritis?

What is arthritis?

Inflammation: Arthritis is inflammation within a joint. The most common type is osteoarthritis which is a wear and tear arthritis. Another is rheumatoid arthritis which is an autoimmune problem where the body attacks its own tissues. The common syptoms of arthritis is pain, swelling and stiffness in the affected joint. ...Read more

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If I test negative on the arthritis test does that mean that I will never get arthritis?

If I test negative on the arthritis test does that mean that I will never get arthritis?

No: There is no blood or urine test to diagnose osteoarthritis. A large number of pts with rheumatoid arthritis are sero-negative (test negative). There are many other arthritis (reactive, psoriatic etc) that have no specific test. ...Read more

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How much does it cost to get a battery of tests for arthritis?

How much does it cost to get a battery of tests for arthritis?

Depends on your insu: It depends on the lab, the lab test being performed, and the guidance and rules of your insurance company if you have insurance. We order tests that are appropriate for a rheumatology evaluation that is specific to you and your problems. Besides for lab tests there's also imaging, ultrasound, x-ray, mri. Because of that I can I give you a specific price, and this would have to be between your phy. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have arthritis in your hand at 27?

How do you know if you have arthritis in your hand at 27?

It's uncommon, but..: If you've had a significant injury including a fracture - especially one that extends into the joint, say of the thumb or the bones in the wrist - there might be the beginning of arthritis development. An xray could help show if there's any arthritis there. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Does a displacement meniscus root mean arthritis?

Does a displacement meniscus root mean arthritis?

Not Necessarily: Displacement of the meniscal root suggests damage, either by trauma or by prolonged "wear and tear." by the official definition, arthritis means joint inflammation, and a damaged meniscus may or may not be inflamed. A meniscus that is out of place may also allow further "wear and tear" to happen faster. ...Read more

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Oral surg said I have pretty significant arthritis in my jaw. What dose this mean? I'm 32 how is this poss? How will it effect me? Treatable?

Oral surg said I have pretty significant arthritis in my jaw. What dose this mean? I'm 32 how is this poss? How will it effect me? Treatable?

Osteoarthrosis: Of TMJ is an inflammatory degenerative disorder of the TMJ that is characterized by deterioration of the articular tissues and remodeling of the underlying subchondral bone. The bony changes can result from mechanical overloading (gum chewing) of the joint but may also occur secondary to an articular disc displacement. If concerned see an orofacial pain specialist near you: http://www. Aaop. Org/ ...Read more

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Do japanese garlic tablets treat arthritis?

Do japanese garlic tablets treat arthritis?

It's possible!: If you ask most allopathic physicians, the answers will be no. I am an allopath too, but, being a japanese and possibly biased, I must say garlic in general with its compound called allicin does have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibiotic, anti-fungal, and antiviral properties. Garlic in my opinion is underrated. It can possibly help with symptoms of arthritis. ...Read more

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How is crippling arthritis treated?

See details: I assume you mean rheumatoid arthritis even though there are numerous types of arthritis that can cause joint damage. The basic treatment is to use meds that can place the disease in remission and help to prevent progression or damage. One usually starts with Methotrexate and then if necessary add a biologic agent such as enbrel, humira, remicade, (infliximab) etc. ...Read more

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How effective are cannabinoids in treating arthritis?

THC and pain: Cannabinoids do have an effect on pain but no effect on inflammation. They work on the the cb 1 receptor for its effect. Unfortunately the cb 1 receptor is also involved in the reward process in addicts, drug misusers etc... So the risk of becoming addicted is very high. Really not a good idea to use this class. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for arthritis?

What is the best treatment for arthritis?

Tylenol/ exercise: No best treatment for not so bad arthritis you can try tylenol (acetaminophen) / arthritis as needed basis with good exercise. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the home treatments for arthritis?

Impossible to answer: Since there are many many types of arthritis it is impossible to answer this question safely. Most types of arthritis may be benefitted by tylenol (acetaminophen) to help with pain but much more information is needed to be able to correctly give an answer. ...Read more

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I have heard that excessive exercise can cure arthritis, is this true?

I have heard that excessive exercise can cure arthritis, is this true?

Nope.: Moderate exercise can certainly help with the pain of arthritis - especially if you overweight and need to lose weight. Excessive exercise won't cure arthritis, it's just a set-up for injury. ...Read more

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How to get rid of arthritis?

How to get rid of arthritis?

Depends on the type.: There are very few types are arthritis that are curable. Many are very controllable. Options depend on the of which type of arthritis. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about drug tocilizumab for arthritis?

Can you tell me about drug tocilizumab for arthritis?

See details: This is a biologic drug that works by inhibiting interleukin-6 which is an important component of the inflammatory reaction in RA. It is usually very effective for this task. Infection is the major risk but blood tests and lipids also need to be monitored. ...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


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