Arthritis is an inflammation of the joints that can result in stiffness, swelling, and pain. It is common in older adults regardless of race or gender. Those who have physical jobs such as athletes, manual laborers, and others with strenuous jobs will notice higher incidents of arthritis. There are multiple forms of arthritis, and some forms are more painful and debilitating then others. Doctors at Gilroy Family Medical Group are skilled in treating arthritis and enabling patients to return to some of the previous activities that they used to experience. No one wants to deal with arthritis, so contact the doctors today to see if you can find some sort of relief.
Doctors at Gilroy Family Medical Group will diagnose arthritis by first obtaining a detailed medical history of the patient. This will allow the doctor to determine if there are familial histories of arthritis, occupations that can trigger arthritis, and determine if any lifestyle changes can be implemented to reduce the incidence of arthritis. X-Rays and CT scans can also be implemented to check for symptoms of bone density reduction or cartilage friction. In addition, joint fluid can be analyzed to check for the indication of gout or rheumatoid arthritis. When the scans are completed, the doctor can typically have the type and cause of arthritis determined and come up with a method of treatment.
Each person is different in their development of arthritis, and treatments will vary according to patient need. Physical therapy and mobility exercises may be indicated to help the joint lubricate itself over time. Certain medications have a low risk of harm and will likely be implemented first, so the doctor can be conservative. If pain does not respond to these interventions, more aggressive forms of treatment may be necessary. Certain medications such as corticosteroids aid in reducing the inflammation of the joints. Certain machines will manually move the joint to create mobility such as a TENS machine. In extreme cases, surgery may be required to replace the joint. The doctors at Gilroy Family Medical Group are skilled in diagnosis and treatment of arthritis and wish to help all patients find relief from pain and a return to their normal activities of life.
Gilroy Family Medical Group works with most major insurances. If you have any questions, please call our office and one of our knowledgeable staff members would be happy to help.
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