Rheumatologists in Naples, FL
Arthritis is a painful condition that effects the joints in various places throughout the body. It most often causes pain in the hands, elbows, wrists, knees, toes, and feet. There are two main types: rheumatoid and osteoarthritis. Without treatment and therapy, arthritis can become debilitating for patients. Learn more about this common condition, which affects up to 54 million Americans (including 300,000 children) according to the Arthritis Foundation. If you or your child is affected, seek immediate attention and treatment from an rheumatologists.
What Causes Arthritis?
Arthritis is a progressive inflammatory disease of the joints that usually develops and worsens over a number of years. Some patients don’t experience symptoms until they are in their senior years, while some people start to have problems in their twenties and thirties. A significant number of children have juvenile arthritis due to birth defects or autoimmune disorders. Arthritis can be caused by repetitive use of certain parts of the bodies, such as typing, playing sports that require quick, jerking motions, or running. It is often triggered by some type of injury or an infection that affects cartilage in the body.
Though arthritis may not be curable, there are ways that your rheumatologists can treat it and ease the painful symptoms. These are some of the ways your doctor can manage your case:
- Nonsteroidal medications (NSAIDS)
- Corticosteroid injections to the joints.
- DMARDs (disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs and biologic response modifiers).
- Physical therapy for the joints and to improve mobility.
- Joint replacement or fusion surgery.
Getting an rheumatologists
Your doctor should be someone who understands the implications of chronic arthritis in your life. Having to struggle with pain all day long can affect your ability to work, stay fit, be productive, and stay motivated. It can also affect your mood and mental wellness over time. Choose an rheumatologists who will be able to give you relief and hope despite your current symptoms.
See a Doctor
When you’re suffering from arthritis, it’s not always realistic to expect the pain to subside on its own. You may need to explore a treatment with an rheumatologists while your condition is still at a manageable stage. Call (239) 262-6550 today to schedule an appointment with rheumatologists Dr. Jeffrey Alper.
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