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Arthritis Treatment Online
What Is Arthritis?
Arthritis is an inflammation of the joints that can cause pain and stiffness. It is one of the most common chronic conditions in the world. Symptoms can range from mild to debilitating, depending on the severity of the condition. Arthritis usually affects people over the age of 65, though it can happen at any age.
There are several different forms of arthritis, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, and psoriatic arthritis. Treatment typically involves medications, physiotherapy, and lifestyle adjustments to manage symptoms.
Psoriatic arthritis is an inflammatory joint condition that can occur alongside the skin disorder psoriasis. It affects around 10-30% of people with psoriasis and can cause a wide range of symptoms such as joint pain and swelling, stiffness, fatigue, loss of appetite, and depression.
The exact cause of psoriatic arthritis is unknown but it is believed to be related to an overactive immune system.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic autoimmune condition that affects the joints and other parts of the body. It causes inflammation in the joints, which can lead to joint pain, stiffness, and swelling. The cause of rheumatoid arthritis is unknown but thought to be linked to genetics and environmental factors.
Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis and is caused by wear and tear on the joints due to aging. It causes joint pain, stiffness, swelling, and decreased range of motion. There is no cure for osteoarthritis but treatment typically involves medications such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), physical therapy, orthopedic supports or surgery.
Gout is a form of arthritis caused by an accumulation of uric acid crystals in the joints. It typically affects the big toe, but can also affect other joints in the body. Symptoms include intense joint pain, swelling, redness, and warmth in the joint.
Arthritis Risk Factors
While there are many different types of arthritis, they often share certain risk factors such as age and genetics.
For instance, people who are over the age of 50 have an increased risk of developing arthritis due to wear and tear on their joints from years of use. Additionally, some genetic factors can increase your chances of developing arthritis, such as having a family history of the condition or certain conditions associated with it like psoriasis or osteoporosis.
Obesity is another major risk factor for arthritis since excess weight puts additional strain on the joints, making them more vulnerable to damage. Joint injuries or repetitive motions can also contribute to the development of arthritis due to repeated stress on particular joint parts. Some medical conditions may also increase your likelihood of developing arthritic symptoms such as lupus, gout, and fibromyalgia.
The environment can also play a role in increasing your risk of developing arthritis by raising your chances of exposure to certain viruses and bacteria that may trigger autoimmune responses in individuals. Smoking has been linked with inflammation-related types of arthritis like rheumatoid arthritis too.
Arthritis is typically treated with a combination of lifestyle changes such as exercise, diet and weight management, medication, and therapies. Low-impact exercises like swimming, Tai Chi, walking, and stretching can help reduce joint pain and improve mobility. For example, strengthening the muscles around the joints helps to reduce stress on them.
Drugs like nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) are often prescribed by doctors to help decrease pain and swelling in arthritic joints. Corticosteroids can also be taken orally or injected directly into the affected joint to reduce inflammation quickly. Disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) can help to slow down disease progression while biological medicines target specific substances that trigger inflammation in people with rheumatoid arthritis.
There are other treatments available for arthritis too, such as:
- Acupuncture has been known to relieve pain at certain pressure points along the body
- Physical therapy helps to strengthen muscles around affected joints
- Splints or braces provide extra support for weak or immobilized joints
- Hot or cold compresses can be used to temporarily ease stiff or painful areas.
How Can DrHouse Help You?
With DrHouse you can start on-demand online doctor visits wherever you are. Our experienced doctors and specialists can help with the diagnosis and treatment of arthritis, depending on your symptoms and medical history. We’ll recommend lifestyle changes as well as medications or therapies that may be beneficial to your health.
Our clinicians can prescribe medications online such as NSAIDs, corticosteroids, and DMARDs to help manage your pain and inflammation if needed.
DrHouse is here to provide convenient and reliable access to healthcare from the comfort of your own home. Download our telehealth app today and get the quality care you need.
Frequently asked questions
How Do I Know If I Have Arthritis?
If you are experiencing joint pain, stiffness, swelling, and/or reduced mobility, it is possible that you are suffering from arthritis. To confirm this diagnosis, it is best to seek medical advice from a doctor. They may suggest that you undergo medical tests such as X-rays, ultrasounds, or blood tests to determine the exact type of arthritis and the best treatment for your condition.
What Is the Main Cause of Arthritis?
The exact cause of arthritis is not known, but there are a few factors that may contribute to its development. These include age-related wear and tear, changes in the environment like pollution, genetics, and lifestyle choices such as obesity or too much stress. Additionally, certain infections can trigger an autoimmune response which causes joint pain and inflammation.
How Can I Treat Arthritis on My Own?
Although medical treatment is the best way to treat arthritis, there are some lifestyle changes you can make to reduce your symptoms. Exercise and physical therapy can help improve joint flexibility, strengthen surrounding muscles and reduce inflammation. Eating a healthy diet that is high in antioxidants and low in processed foods can also help keep your joints healthy. Other natural remedies, such as herbal supplements and essential oils, may also be beneficial in reducing arthritis pain and swelling.
What Treatments Are Available for Arthritis?
Treatment options for arthritis depend on the type of arthritis, its severity, and individual factors. Common treatments include medications to reduce pain and inflammation, as well as therapies such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, exercise, psychotherapy, and support groups. In more severe cases, surgery may be recommended to correct joint damage or rebuild a damaged joint.
What Is the Most Effective Treatment for Arthritis?
The most effective treatment for arthritis depends on the type and severity of the condition. Generally, a combination of treatments is recommended to manage pain, reduce inflammation, increase joint flexibility, and protect or rebuild damaged joints.
Can You Prevent Arthritis?
While there is no sure way to prevent arthritis, there are some lifestyle changes that may help reduce your risk of developing the condition. These include exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy weight, eating a balanced diet, avoiding activities and movements that put strain on the joints, not smoking, and controlling conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure. Additionally, keeping joints flexible and muscles strong through stretching exercises can help protect joint tissue from degeneration due to wear and tear.
Can You Get Arthritis Treatment Online?
Yes, you can get arthritis treatment online from DrHouse. Our telehealth app offers convenient access to healthcare professionals who can help diagnose and treat your condition. During a virtual appointment, you can discuss your symptoms and medical history with a provider who will recommend lifestyle changes as well as medications or therapies that may be beneficial to your health.
Can Online Doctors Prescribe Medication for Arthritis?
Yes, online doctors prescribe arthritis medication.
How to Get Arthritis Treatment Online From DrHouse?
Getting arthritis treatment online with DrHouse is simple and easy. All you need to do is create an account, download our telehealth app and start an on-demand visit whenever you need it.
What Does an Online Doctor Visit for Arthritis Look Like?
During an online visit for arthritis, you will have the chance to discuss your condition and any symptoms you are experiencing. Your doctor can provide advice on lifestyle changes and medications or therapies that may be beneficial to your health. They can also prescribe or refill medications as needed.