Arthritis

Gilead Primary Care North

Primary Care Practice located in Columbus, OH

If you’re among the 54.4 million Americans living with arthritis, you understand the challenges this condition presents. Many men and women in Columbus, Ohio wouldn’t consider entrusting their arthritis care to anyone other than Gilead Primary Care North. The practice uses a holistic approach to arthritis treatment, helping you live a full and active life without daily joint pain and stiffness. When you’re ready to find a new way to manage arthritis, the Gilead Primary Care team stands by to help. Schedule an appointment by calling the office or using the easy online scheduling option. Ohio Workers Compensation Provider

Arthritis Q & A

Gilead Primary Care North

What is arthritis?

Arthritis isn’t a single condition; there are more than 100 different types of arthritis. All have a negative impact on your joint function and can interfere with your daily routine.

Osteoarthritis

This is the most common type and occurs when the cartilage that cushions your bones begins to wear away.

Inflammatory arthritis

This type of arthritis occurs when your immune system mistakenly attacks your joints with inflammation. Psoriatic and rheumatoid arthritis are two common branches of inflammatory arthritis.

Metabolic arthritis

Also known as gout, this type of arthritis occurs due to high levels of uric acid, which accumulates and forms tiny crystals that cause intense pain.

Infectious arthritis

This type of arthritis is the result of a bacterial or viral infection in your joint.

What are some common symptoms of arthritis?

Any time you experience persistent joint pain, you should schedule a diagnostic exam. Many types of arthritis are manageable if caught in the early stages. Common symptoms of arthritis include:

  • Joint pain
  • Stiffness
  • Red skin near joints
  • Swelling
  • Decreased joint mobility

Far too many people accept these symptoms as an unavoidable part of growing older. In reality, some treatments can relieve your pain and let you focus on the things that matter most in your life.

What are some treatments for arthritis?

Treatment efforts focus on improving joint function and relieving pain. Your customized treatment plan is designed to address your unique needs and goals.

Medications can relieve arthritic pain, reduce inflammation, or change how your immune system functions. Some types of medications address only one of these problems, while others offer a combination of effects.

Physical therapy is an excellent treatment option for arthritis. Targeted exercise improves muscle strength, increases your range of motion, and can reduce inflammation.

Managing your arthritis can also include lifestyle modifications like losing weight or finding the right balance between activity and rest. Many people also incorporate assistive devices into their daily routines. These tools include canes, raised toilet or shower seats, or railings, and can make many daily tasks easier to manage.

As you work with the Gilead Primary Care team, your treatment plan is shaped and adjusted to suit your specific set of needs, as well as your goals. Schedule an appointment today to get started.