Arthritis is not one single disease, but a collection of more than 100 diseases that cause joint degeneration. Although it’s more common among women and older adults, people of any age, gender, and race can develop it.
You may suspect arthritis is the cause of your joint pain. Your symptoms can range from mild to severe. They include:
The symptoms can become worse with time or be relatively consistent. Some people experience permanent changes to the way their joints look, such as developing bumps or knobs in their joints. Certain types of arthritis can also affect your internal organs, such as your heart and lungs, your skin and your eyes.
Osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis, occurs when the cartilage that cushions the space between your bones wears down causing your joints to degenerate. Excessive weight, family history, age, and joint injuries predispose you to this type of arthritis.
Rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis are examples of inflammatory arthritis. In rheumatoid arthritis, your immune system attacks healthy joints. Both have genetic and environmental causes, and require early, aggressive treatment.
Other forms of arthritis that Doctor Berkower diagnoses and treats include; infectious arthritis, caused by a virus or bacterium, and metabolic arthritis, which manifests as gout.
Dr. Berkower reviews your symptoms and may do blood tests and imaging scans to determine the type of arthritis you have and to rule out other possible causes. Once you have a diagnosis, he can best help reduce your pain and improve your function.
Dr. Berkower’s goal is to reduce your levels of pain, improve your ability to function, and prevent your joints from degenerating any further. He provides a number of types of injections, including:
Physical therapy, medications, and lifestyle changes are other methods used to help you manage your condition.
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