What is the Best Treatment Options to Alleviate Symptoms of Arthritis?

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What is Arthritis?

Arthritis is commonly defined as joint inflammation, a term that can also be used to describe around 200 conditions that affect joints, the tissues that surround the joint, and other connective tissue. It's primarily characterized by pain in the joints, swelling, reduced range of motion and stiffness. It can cause deformity, fusing of bones, stiff neck, skin redness, and flare in extreme cases.  

In the United States, 23 percent of all adults—over 54 million people—have arthritis, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control. And of those, about 24 million adults are limited in their activities from arthritis, and more than 1 in 4 adults with arthritis report severe joint pain. In fact, it is a leading cause of work disability.

The joint pain brought on by the disease can make it almost impossible to move or stay active—In fact, it is a leading cause of work disability in America. While there is no cure for arthritis, modern treatments and techniques are evolving, making the disease easier to manage and diagnose—more so in its early stages.

Treating Arthritis

At the Atlanta Medical Institute, Drs. Bills and Semel provide their patients with several medications to help alleviate their symptoms. The two use: traditional NSAIDs, COX-2 inhibitors, Salicylates and anti-malarial.

The team at AMI appreciates the fact that every person is affected differently by arthritis and will, therefore, develop a treatment just for you —also taking into consideration what kind of arthritis you have. So before starting you on any treatment plan, Dr. Bills and Dr. Semel will conduct a thorough assessment on you, covering: lab tests, physical exams, questionnaires, medical history discussions—to get a better understanding of your body and help in developing a treatment plan that will address your needs.

Arthritis Triggers

Several reasons may trigger arthritis: the overuse of an affected joint, stress, cold weather, infection, weight gain and bone spurs. For this reason, the team at AMI employs a combination of treatment methods to treat arthritis. Food might not cure arthritis but may reduce inflammation as some foods contain anti-inflammatory capabilities. A great diet will not only reduce inflammation flare-ups but will help you lose weight—something that will lessen the strain on your joints.

Therefore, in addition to a clinical approach, our medical team may recommend various lifestyle changes, like putting you on a healthy diet and regular exercise—all aimed at reducing the brunt of the disease. All arthritic patients need to stay in touch with their doctors, receive regular treatment and follow-up care. Something equally important is physical therapy and occupational therapy—they will help in maintaining joint mobility.

Why AMI, for Arthritis Treatment?

At the Atlanta Medical Institute, we make great efforts to help and expend our resources to ensure that our clients get the best care. If arthritis is something you suffer from, please get in touch with us and schedule an appointment ! We try to provide same-day appointments and strive to make the clinic as homey and comfortable as possible. 

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