Internal Medicine & Family Medicine located in Fairfax, VA, South Riding, VA & Merrifield, VA
When the symptoms of arthritis make it difficult for you to work or keep active, the experienced medical team at Prima Medicine offer solutions. At their South Riding and Fairfax, Virginia, offices, Chethana Rao, MD, and her compassionate staff offer comprehensive care and long-term treatments for managing your arthritis. Don’t let the pain of chronic arthritis slow you down. Schedule a consultation for arthritis today online or by calling the office nearest you.
Arthritis Q & A
What is arthritis?
Arthritis is a chronic medical condition that results when one or more of your joints become inflamed, causing persistent stiffness and pain.
While there are over 100 types of arthritis, the two most common forms are osteoarthritis, a breakdown of joint cartilage due to wear and tear and aging, and rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disorder that attacks the lining of your joints.
Other types of arthritis include:
- Psoriatic arthritis
Arthritis can be a progressive disease that worsens over time without proper diagnosis and treatment.
What are my risk factors for arthritis?
Several factors increase your risk of developing arthritis. For many, arthritis develops with age as your joints begin breaking down and become less flexible.
Other factors that influence the development of arthritis include:
- Joint injuries
- Family history
Women are at higher risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis, while gout affects more men.
How is arthritis diagnosed?
Dr. Rao and her medical team often diagnose arthritis by reviewing your medical history and symptoms. Common symptoms of arthritis include:
- Joint stiffness and pain
- Decreased range of joint motion
To evaluate your joint strength and flexibility, Dr. Rao performs a thorough physical exam. She can also order diagnostic testing, such as blood work, to rule out underlying medical conditions that are causing joint pain or to confirm an arthritis diagnosis.
What treatments are available for arthritis?
Effective management of your arthritis is key to preventing a worsening of pain and disability. Dr. Rao works with her team to create a treatment plan specific to your needs. This plan can include:
- Physical therapy
- Corticosteroid injections
Dr. Rao also closely monitors the progression of arthritis and the effectiveness of your treatments through follow-up appointments.
In some cases where joint deformities occur due to chronic arthritis, Dr. Rao might find it necessary to refer you to a specialist for surgery.
Prevent chronic arthritis pain from interfering with your life. Learn more about the treatments available for chronic arthritis by calling the office nearest you or by using the online booking feature.
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