More than 54 million Americans have arthritis, a group of chronic conditions that cause swelling and stiffness in the joints. At NJOSM Clinic in Clifton, New Jersey, orthopedic surgeon Omar Khatib, MD, works with people of all ages to diagnose and treat arthritis. Using safe, effective techniques, he can limit discomfort and improve your mobility. To schedule an appointment, book online or call the office today.
Arthritis is a group of more than 100 diseases that negatively affect the joints. Anyone can experience arthritis, but it’s especially common in people who are middle-aged and older.
Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are the most frequently diagnosed types of arthritis. Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage surrounding a joint wears down due to general wear-and-tear. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune condition that causes your body to attack the lining of your joints.
The symptoms of arthritis almost always affect your joints. Telltale signs include:
If you have arthritis, you might also notice that your joints pop or click when you move or extend them.
Arthritis affects people of all ages, but several characteristics increase your risk.
One of the main risk factors for arthritis is being overweight. Carrying extra pounds places additional stress on your joints. You’re also more likely to experience arthritis if your parents or grandparents had it, or you’re an athlete and experienced a joint-related injury in the past.
At NJOSM Clinic, Dr. Khatib diagnoses arthritis during an in-office appointment. At your initial consultation, he reviews your medical history, asks about your lifestyle and symptoms, and has you rate your pain on a scale of 1-10. Afterward, Dr. Khatib conducts a physical exam, observing your joints for redness, tenderness, or warmth.
Next, Dr. Khatib orders laboratory tests, including a blood panel, urinalysis, and joint fluid analysis. These screening procedures can pinpoint the type of arthritis you have. He also orders X-rays to get a closer look at your bones and joints.
Treatment for arthritis depends on your symptoms and the type of arthritis you have. Whenever possible, Dr. Khatib recommends conservative measures like healthy lifestyle changes. Eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, and losing weight can significantly improve your quality of life.
If your joint pain persists, Dr. Khatib might recommend a prescription medication like counterirritants, disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs, or biologic response modifiers. You might also benefit from physical therapy or strengthening exercises.
Sometimes arthritis requires surgical intervention. There are several types of surgery used to treat arthritis, including joint repair, joint replacement, and joint fusion.
If arthritis keeps you from working or exercising, schedule an appointment at NJOSM Clinic. Book a consultation online, or call the office to speak with a member of the administrative staff today.