It’s conservatively estimated that as many 54 million Americans have been diagnosed with arthritis, which is also the leading cause of disability in adults in the United States. Board-certified rheumatologist Jose A. Pando, MD, and his team at Delaware Arthritis in Lewes, Delaware, specialize in the medical management of arthritis and can devise a plan to reduce your risk of long-term health problems and disability. For an appointment, call the office or request online today.
Arthritis isn’t the name of one disease, but a medical term used to describe inflammation in the joint. In fact, there are more than 100 types of arthritis and diseases that cause arthritis.
Arthritis is a progressive condition that worsens over time. Taking care of your joint pain early may help prevent any permanent damage that may lead to chronic health problems and disability.
While there are many types of arthritis, some are more common than others. The most common include:
Osteoarthritis is often referred to as “the wear-and-tear” arthritis and occurs due to the degeneration (or wearing away) of the cartilage between your joints. This is the most common type of arthritis and affects 31 million Americans.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder in which your immune system mistakenly attacks the healthy cells in the lining of your joints, leading to inflammation. Over time, your immune system may destroy the joint, leading to deformity.
Like rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis is an autoimmune disorder. It’s also connected to psoriasis, which is a skin condition that causes a scaly red rash. With psoriatic arthritis, the immune system attacks the connective tissue in your joints, including tendons and ligaments, leading to inflammation and pain.
Gout is a metabolic form of arthritis that develops from an accumulation of uric acid crystals in your blood that settles in the joints, causing redness, swelling, and excruciating pain.
Lupus is another autoimmune disorder that causes your immune system to attack the tissues in your joints, as well as other body tissues, such as the kidneys or lungs.
You may be at greater risk of developing arthritis if it runs in your family. Risk of developing the joint condition also increases as you get older.
Treatment for your arthritis may depend on the type of arthritis you have. Our providers develop individualized treatment plans to help alleviate your pain and improve joint health. Common treatments for arthritis include:
Dr. Pando and his team also offer specific treatments for arthritis caused by an autoimmune disorder that helps protect the joint and the progression of the disease.
Delaware Arthritis also works closely with the Lewes Wellness Center and our team of providers may suggest you participate in some of the group classes to further improve your health and well-being.
Arthritis is a chronic condition that can develop from many causes. For expert care of your joint pain, contact Delaware Arthritis by phone or online today.