Arthritis, a widespread condition impacting millions globally, is a collective term for a group of joint disorders characterized by inflammation. At our Urgent Care Center, we recognize the profound effect arthritis can have on an individuals daily life. This page serves as a valuable resource to deepen your understanding of arthritis and explore how our dedicated team can support you in managing this condition effectively.
What is Arthritis? Arthritis is not a singular ailment but an umbrella term encompassing various joint disorders. The two most prevalent types are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, both capable of causing pain, swelling, and stiffness that can significantly affect one’s quality of life.
Early recognition of arthritis symptoms is vital for timely intervention. The most common symptoms include:
- Joint Pain: Persistent discomfort in one or more joints, often worsening with movement.
- Swelling: Noticeable swelling or inflammation around affected joints.
- Stiffness: Reduced range of motion and stiffness, especially in the morning or after periods of inactivity.
- Fatigue: General tiredness or lack of energy, often associated with the body’s response to chronic inflammation.
- Tenderness: Sensitivity or pain when applying pressure to specific joints.
- Decreased Range of Motion: Difficulty moving the joint through its full range.
These symptoms can vary in intensity and may come and go. Identifying these indicators empowers individuals to seek prompt medical attention and initiate necessary steps for relief.
Causes: Arthritis can manifest due to a range of factors, including age, genetic predisposition, and joint injuries.
Diagnosis and Treatment: We provide referrals to specialists and PCPs for all our patients, we can conduct blood tests and refer to a specialist for advanced imaging if required. However, we are here for any flare ups, injuries, or related issues to arthritis, when your PCP or specialist is unavailable.
Prevention: While certain risk factors are beyond control, adopting a proactive approach to a healthy lifestyle can contribute significantly to arthritis prevention. This involves maintaining a balanced diet, regular exercise, and proper weight management.