Arthritis Treatment Q & A
Arthritis is inflammation that occurs in one or more of your joints. There are different types of arthritis including the two most common, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis attacks the cartilage of the joint causing it to breakdown. Serving Patients From PDX, Portland OR, Happy Valley OR, Tigard OR, Clackamas OR, Milwaukie OR, Cedar Hills OR, Cedar Mill OR, Lake Oswego OR, Oak Grove OR, Vancouver WA, Aloha OR, Minnehaha WA, Gladstone OR, Tualatin OR, West Linn OR, Fairview OR, Oregon City OR.
Arthritis Treatment Q & A
Are you looking for help in relieving your arthritis symptoms? Look no further! At Columbia Clinic Urgent Care & Walk-in Clinics our doctors and medical staff are up-to-date with the latest treatments to help you find relief. We understand that arthritis pain can make even the simplest daily tasks seem completely overwhelming. But help for your arthritis symptoms are right nearby. Our compassionate doctors are dedicated to helping you get the relief your body needs. What is arthritis? What symptoms may you experience? What treatments are available?
What is arthritis?
Arthritis is inflammation that occurs in one or more of your joints. There are different types of arthritis including the two most common, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis attacks the cartilage of the joint causing it to breakdown. As a result, over time the cartilage can break down to the point of bone being on bone. Rheumatoid arthritis is caused by an autoimmune disorder that attacks the lining of the joints. This causes the lining to become inflamed and swollen. Other types of arthritis may be caused by underlying problems such as disease or infections. Our compassionate and well-educated doctors are committed to helping identify and treat the symptoms of your arthritis.
What symptoms may you experience?
Since arthritis attacks the joints the most common signs and symptoms involve your joints. Depending on the type of arthritis you may experience pain, stiffness, swelling, redness, and decreased range of motion. Our doctors goal is to help determine which treatment works best in relieving the symptoms you are experiencing. This way you can have the best quality of life possible.
What treatments are available?
The treatment that is right for you will be based on you and the arthritis that you suffer from. Your doctor will want to get to know you through a thorough physical exam. Open and honest communication with your doctor is vital for the best results to be achieved. Then together both you and your doctor will be able to determine the treatment that best fits your needs. Depending upon the type of arthritis that you are suffering from your doctor might require tests such as blood, urine, and joint fluid testing. It may be determined that further testing is needed to detect problems within the joint. Your doctor may request X-rays, Computerized Tomography Scan (CT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), or an Ultrasound.
When your doctor has gathered all the facts they will be in the best position to recommend treatments. Recommend options might include medications to help with pain management, anti-inflammatory drugs either oral or topical, or an injection into the joint that includes Prednisone and Cortisone. Physical therapy in some cases could be recommended to help with mobility. In other cases surgery may be the best route for treatment. These surgeries often involve joint repair, joint replacement, or joint fusion.
Our doctors and medical staff at Columbia Clinic Urgent Care & Walk-in Clinics in the Portland, Oregon area are waiting to help you with your arthritis pain. We know that arthritis pain can keep you from the things you enjoy most in life. Whether that is spending time in the great outdoors walking, biking, playing with the kids or grandkids, gardening, skiing etc… Let us help you to enjoy the finer things in life that Portland has to offer. Don’t delay! Stop in today or give us a call and schedule an appointment with our trusted medical team. Visit our website to find the Columbia Clinic Urgent Care & Walk-in Clinic location in your Portland neighborhood.