Clover Internal Medicine Associates
Board Certified Internal Medicine located in Fort Worth, TX
More than 50 million adults in the United States suffer from arthritis, which can cause debilitating pain and affect your quality of life. At Clover Internal Medicine in Fort Worth, Texas, the medical specialists take a proactive approach to the management of arthritis and provide a variety of treatments to reduce your pain and get you back to doing the things that bring you joy. To schedule a consultation, call the office today or book an appointment online.
What is arthritis?
Arthritis is a general medical term that refers to pain and inflammation in the joint. There are more than 100 different types of arthritis. The pain and inflammation in the joint can be debilitating and prevent you from doing the things you enjoy.
What are common types of arthritis?
While there are numerous types of arthritis, some are more common than others, including:
Osteoarthritis is by far the most common type of arthritis, affecting more than 30 million people in the United States. Also known as wear-and-tear arthritis, osteoarthritis develops over time as the cartilage that separates bones wears away, causing bone-on-bone friction and pain.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune condition in which your immune system attacks your joints, leading to inflammation and pain.
Gout is a metabolic form of arthritis that develops from a buildup of uric acid in the blood that settles in the joints.
Psoriasis is a skin condition that causes an inflamed, itchy rash on your skin. Some people with skin psoriasis also develop psoriatic arthritis.
Knowing the type of arthritis you have can help you get the most effective treatment.
How is arthritis diagnosed?
The team at Clover Internal Medicine takes a holistic approach to medical care and looks to identify the underlying cause of your joint symptoms. To formulate your diagnosis, your specialist conducts a comprehensive laboratory and physical examination. Your specialist may also request radiological examinations to take a closer look at your joint and to assess the degree of the damage.
How is arthritis treated?
Your specialist at Clover Internal Medicine devises a personalized treatment plan to help improve your arthritis pain, as well as joint function and mobility. Your treatment may include:
- Anti-inflammatory medication
- Steroid shots
- Disease-specific medication
- Exercise to improve strength and mobility
Your specialist may refer you to physical therapy to create a personalized exercise program. You may also benefit from osteopathic manipulation, as well as natural supplements, to improve your arthritis.
For expert care of your arthritis from a team focused on health promotion, call Clover Internal Medicine today or book an appointment online.
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