Arthritis Specialist

Pennsylvania Orthopedic Associates

Orthopedic Surgeons located in Huntingdon Valley, PA

Nearly one in three adults has some form of arthritis. At Pennsylvania Orthopedic Associates in Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, the highly specialized team uses a variety of treatment options to relieve arthritis pain. If stiff and achy joints are affecting your life, call Pennsylvania Orthopedic Associates or book online to schedule an appointment today for expert evaluation and treatment.

Arthritis Q&A

What is arthritis?

Arthritis is inflammation of the joints. Sometimes referred to as joint disease, there are over 100 different types of arthritis.

Men, women, and children can all develop arthritis, but it’s more common in women and older adults.

What are the symptoms of arthritis?

Each type of arthritis exhibits different symptoms. However, some common symptoms of arthritis include:

  • Swelling in the joint
  • Pain and stiffness in the joint
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Knobby-looking, or bulging, joints (advanced arthritis)

If you have rheumatoid arthritis (RA), you may exhibit other symptoms such as fever and fatigue.

How is arthritis diagnosed?

To diagnose arthritis, the experts at Pennsylvania Orthopedic Associates perform a physical examination of the area. During this exam, he tests your joint’s range of motion and flexibility.  

The team also utilizes imaging techniques to see the joint. Using X-rays, MRIs, and other tools, so they can determine if there is cartilage loss in the joint that’s causing you pain.

A blood test may also be used to diagnose arthritis. Certain types of arthritis may cause increased levels of white blood cells, for example. Blood tests, as well as imaging tests, are helpful when it comes to determining what type of arthritis you have.

What causes arthritis?

Multiple factors can cause arthritis, such as an injury to the joint or an infection.

You are also at an increased risk of developing the disease if you are a woman or have a family history of arthritis. People who are overweight or obese are more prone as well, since there is added pressure on the joint.

Autoimmune disorders also cause certain types of arthritis, such as RA.

How is arthritis treated?

Although there is no cure for arthritis, there are multiple treatment options available to manage your symptoms.

Your treatment may include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Resting the joint
  • Injections
  • Surgery

The type of arthritis you have will play a role in determining which treatment option may work best for you.

If you suffer from sore, achy joints that make it difficult to keep up with life’s daily activities, schedule an appointment with Pennsylvania Orthopedic Associates today. You can schedule your appointment online or by calling his office.