Arthritis

Doctors First

Internists located in Gaithersburg, MD & Germantown, MD

The joint pain and limited motion caused by arthritis can make you miserable and slow you down. Dr. Rakesh Malik and the team of physician assistants at Doctors First help men and women in Gaithersburg and Germantown, Maryland manage the stiffness, swelling, and other symptoms of arthritis. To feel better fast, call today or book an appointment with the scheduling button below.

Arthritis Q & A

What is arthritis?

Arthritis is a general term used to describe more than one hundred different types of joint inflammation and disease. It's a prevalent condition that strikes millions of men, women, and children.

What are the different types of arthritis?

More than one hundred individual diseases fall under the blanket term of arthritis. Each of the varieties is classified into one of the following categories:

  • Degenerative: includes osteoarthritis
  • Musculoskeletal: includes injuries like tennis elbow
  • Back: includes spondylosis
  • Inflammatory: includes rheumatoid arthritis
  • Infectious: includes bacterial, viral, and fungus infections
  • Metabolic: includes gout
  • Connective tissue: includes lupus

By far, the most common kinds of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage between your joints wears down and causes nagging pain and persistent swelling. Osteoarthritis is degenerative because it breaks down supportive cartilage and tissues that cushion and surround the joints.

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that causes the body to attack the linings between your joints, as well as ligaments, bones, cartilage, and muscles. With rheumatoid arthritis, your joints become warm, red, and swollen.

What are the symptoms of arthritis?

Since there are several types of arthritis, the symptoms are particular to the kind you have. In general, arthritis symptoms can come and go and range from tolerable to severe.

Common complaints associated with arthritis are:

  • Stiffness
  • Joint pain
  • Swelling near the joints
  • Limited mobility
  • Painful grip
  • Knobby joints

How is arthritis treated?

Early diagnosis is imperative for minimizing joint damage. Treatment depends on the type of arthritis you have and how severely it affects you. The team at Doctors First provides comprehensive arthritis care for lower back pain, knee pain, and joint pain.

Treatment options Dr. Malik uses with men and women are:

  • Physical therapy
  • Pain medications
  • Anti-inflammatories
  • Joint injections
  • Weight loss programs
  • Education and support
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Exercise recommendations

If necessary, Dr. Malik may refer you to a specialist if you need long-term pain management or surgery to treat your arthritis.

Rely on the skilled providers at Doctors First when arthritis threatens your quality of life. Make an appointment online or call the office today.