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By Jeffrey Alper, M.D., PA
March 11, 2019
Category: Health Condition
Tags: Arthritis  

Don’t let arthritis pain dictate how you live your life.

Are you dealing with swollen, painful joints, particularly in the hands or wrists? If so, this could be caused by an autoimmune disorder arthritis known as rheumatoid arthritis (RA). This chronic condition results in swelling, pain, and warmth in certain joints of the body. Since arthritis is progressive, it is important that you turn to a rheumatologist in Naples, FL, such as our own doctors, Jeffrey Alper and Alain Alvarez, who both have helped countless individuals improve their quality of life by reducing joint pain and inflammation.


What is a rheumatologist?

A rheumatologist is a medical doctor who specializes in treating arthritis and other problems that affect the connective tissues, bones, and muscles of the body. The rheumatology specialists at our Naples office also focus on making sure all of these parts function together as a whole.

While you may turn to your regular doctor when first experiencing symptoms of RA, you will want to turn to a rheumatologist since this specialty doctor will have the proper expertise and education to be able to diagnose and create an effective treatment plan for you.


What should I expect when I come into your office?

Unfortunately, there isn’t a test that will be able to definitively pinpoint whether or not you have RA; therefore, your diagnosis will be based on several different elements such as,

  • Your symptoms
  • Your medical history
  • Your family’s medical history
  • A physical examination

Sometimes blood or imaging tests are performed to look for signs of RA such as joint inflammation.


How is RA treated?

It’s important to understand that there is currently no cure for RA, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t slow or even stop the disorder’s progress through medications and lifestyle modifications. Common medications include,

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications
  • Steroids
  • Disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs
  • Biologics (that affect the immune system)

Other treatments include physical therapy, lifestyle changes such as eating healthier and exercising regularly, as well as surgery to repair joint damage.


Need Help? Give us a Call!

If you are having trouble getting your arthritis symptoms under control then call our Naples, FL, rheumatology office at (239) 262-6550 today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Alper or Dr. Alvarez. Pain should not become the norm; we can help you find the treatment plan that’s right for you.