Educating people about Arthritis Awareness this month of May is one of our goals at Doral Health and Wellness. The initial step in understanding the condition of arthritis is through education, understanding the condition, and knowing the proper treatment methods and protocols for arthritis with the help of professional experts. 

Arthritis is a disorder that causes joint swelling and discomfort. Morning stiffness and joint pain are the hallmarks of arthritis. 

There are more than 100 disorders that fall under the umbrella of arthritis. All of your joints, such as wrists, knees, hips, and fingers, are affected by it. Consequently. In addition, some kinds of arthritis have the potential to cause damage to the skin and other connective tissues and organs. Healthcare professionals typically advocate immediate medical assistance in extreme cases. 

  • Laboratory tests or imaging are required. 
  • It can last a few years or last a lifetime. 
  • The predominant gender that is affected is women. 
  • An individual’s ancestry may improve their chances. 

Arthritis symptoms differ from one type to the next. The following are the most frequently encountered signs and symptoms in the early stages: 

  • Knee or hip discomfort is a common symptom of arthritis. 
  • Swelling 
  • The joints are reddish in color. 
  • A feeling of sensitivity in the joints 
  • Lack of desire to eat 
  • Fever 

Symptoms of early arthritis  

  • Joint discomfort is the most common symptom. Osteoarthritis (OA) is characterized by chronic joint pain that worsens over time, after a long day of work, or after a period of physical exertion, the discomfort may begin to set in. 
  • Joint discomfort and swelling 
  • As arthritis progresses, joints can swell and become tender. This can be painful when pressed on the joint. 
  • joint stiffness in the morning, particularly in the knees and ankles. You may feel stiff after a period of inactivity, after sitting for an extended period of time, or when you first wake up. 
  • The knee and hip are the most commonly affected joints, but they can also affect other joints. Because of crepitus, the sound is similar to the grating sound of the joints. 
  • I have pain in a previously wounded joint. A previous accident or trauma might lead to osteoarthritis in a particular area of the body. Having suffered a knee injury in high school increases the likelihood of developing knee osteoarthritis later in life. 
  • Many people are unaware that the discomfort from hip arthritis travels to the groin and not just the hip. The soreness in your thigh or lower buttocks can be caused by hip arthritis. 
  • Joint pain that is symmetrical in distribution. People with rheumatoid arthritis often have pain and discomfort when they have the same joints on both sides of their bodies. This is called rheumatoid arthritis. 
  • Hand and foot pain or stiffness. The tiny joints of your hands, wrists and feet are often the first places to show signs of rheumatoid and other inflammatory forms of arthritis, explains Haque. It is not uncommon for someone with inflammatory arthritis to report, ‘My feet are stiff and uncomfortable when I wake up in the morning.”  

The risk factors of Arthritis: 

  • Family history 
  • Age 

What is a Rheumatologist? 

Rheumatologists specialize in the non-surgical treatment of rheumatic diseases, such as arthritis. 

Unknown rash, fever, arthritis, anemia, weakness, weight loss, exhaustion, joint or muscle pain, autoimmune disease, and anorexia are some of the conditions that rheumatologists specialize in. They frequently work as consultants for other doctors, acting as investigators. 

Why do my joints constantly become inflamed? 

  • Age 
  • The history of one’s ancestors.  
  • If you have a family history of arthritis, you may be more susceptible to developing the condition yourself.  
  • It is possible that your genetic predisposition to arthritis may be exacerbated by environmental circumstances.  

What is the specialty of a rheumatologist, and how do they differ from other doctors? 

 Rheumatologists specialize in the non-surgical treatment of rheumatic diseases, such as arthritis. 

 Unknown rash, fever, arthritis, anemia, weakness, weight loss, exhaustion, joint or muscle pain, autoimmune disease, and anorexia are some of the conditions that rheumatologists specialize in. They frequently work as consultants for other doctors, acting as investigators. 

Rheumatologists treat and manage a wide range of diseases and illnesses, such as the ones listed below: 

Who can help? 

At Doral Health and Wellness, Internal Medicine with a specialty in Rheumatology is an expert on the following: 

  • Muscle, joint, and bone inflammation problems (rheumatism). 
  • Diseases of the ligaments and tendons, as well as the skin and other parts of the body, can affect the parts of the body that support the body. 
  • Autoimmune disorders occur when your immune system targets your own body’s own cells.