Professional Diagnosis and Care for Arthritis
Find the answers you need at Founders Family Medicine. We provide diagnosis and treatment for arthritis at our healthcare clinic in Castle Rock.
To schedule your visit, call 303-688-8666.
What is Arthritis?
Arthritis refers to pain, stiffness or disease in the joints. Often, the term arthritis is a catch-all for pain occurring in the joints.
Patients of all ages can experience arthritis symptoms tied to specific types of arthritis. However, the condition appears more frequently in older patients with symptoms worsening as patients age.
What Are the Types of Arthritis?
Patients suffer from a variety of conditions that fall under the category of arthritis.
The most common types of arthritis are osteoarthrosis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis leads to the breakdown of cartilage in the joints. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune condition where the immune system attacks the joint tissue.
Who is at Risk for Arthritis?
Patients of different ages, genders, and weights can experience arthritis. It impacts one in four adults in the United States. This common medical condition can occur in any patient. However, a few risk factors increase a patient’s chance of having arthritis.
Managing modifiable risks factors, like smoking or obesity, can help reduce the occurrence or severity of arthritis symptoms.
Common Symptoms of Arthritis
Different types of arthritis may have varying symptoms. However, a few common side effects that impact the joints occur with most types of arthritis.
If you experience joint pain or other symptoms related to arthritis, schedule a visit with your physician. Proper diagnosis and treatment help manage the symptoms and may keep arthritis from worsening.
Diagnosing and Treating Arthritis
Finding an accurate diagnosis for arthritis begins with a physical examination of the impacted joints. From there, lab tests may help narrow the type of arthritis and confirm the diagnosis. Blood, joint fluid and urine tests aid in diagnosis.
Imaging also provides valuable information, including bone loss, damage or spurs. CT scans, MRIs and ultrasound help achieve an accurate diagnosis and track disease progression.
Different treatment options help address pain and joint function based on the specific type of arthritis. Over-the-counter or prescription pain medications help with pain management. Oral and topical NSAIDs help with both pain and inflammation. Your doctor may recommend or prescribe other medications as needed to manage both pain and function.
Some patients find physical therapy helps to increase the range of motion and strengthen the joints. Other treatment options include surgery and lifestyle changes.
We work with each patient to develop the best treatment plan for your specific condition and symptoms.
Compassionate and Effective Treatment for Arthritis
Founders Family Medicine treats patients with arthritis at our Castle Rock clinic. We offer both in-clinic and telehealth appointments based on your specific treatment plan and needs.
Contact us to schedule an appointment for arthritis care.