Arthritis Specialist

Advocate Integrated Medicine

Physical Medicine & Regenerative Medicine located in Johnson City, TN

Arthritis is one of the leading causes of joint pain and dysfunction among adults in the United States. For relief from your arthritis symptoms, visit Advocate Integrated Medicine in Johnson City, Tennessee. The integrated medical team offers comprehensive care for arthritis symptoms to help you regain mobility and improve your quality of life. Schedule a visit today by booking online or calling the office.

Arthritis Q & A

What are the symptoms of arthritis?

Arthritis is characterized by joint pain, swelling, and stiffness. Other possible symptoms of arthritis include:

  • Tenderness around the affected joint
  • Joint pain in one or more joints at a time
  • Pain that flares up depending on your activity level
  • Redness around the affected joint
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Possible joint deformity

There are more than 100 types of arthritis, all of which have their own unique signs and symptoms. Not all types of arthritis cause severe deformities, however, they can cause severe pain and dysfunction if left untreated.

What causes arthritis?

There are four basic categories of arthritis that are grouped based on the cause of arthritis. These four categories are:

Degenerative arthritis

Degenerative arthritis is also called osteoarthritis and is the result of trauma, overuse, or wear-and-tear. This is the most common type of arthritis and often affects the knees, shoulders, wrists, and ankles.

Inflammatory arthritis

Inflammatory arthritis is caused by inflammation that attacks and damages joints. It typically shows up in multiple joints and may flare up and recede. Common types are rheumatoid and psoriatic arthritis.

Infectious arthritis

Infectious arthritis occurs when an infection — typically spread from a cut in your skin or a surgery — attacks your joints. This is a medical emergency that requires immediate care because it can cause permanent and severe damage extremely quickly.

Metabolic arthritis

Metabolic arthritis occurs when metabolic end products of digestion are deposited into your joints. These end products tend to form hard, spiky crystals in your joints. The most common form is gout, which typically affects the joints of the big toe.

Depending on the location and severity of your symptoms, the team can narrow the list of potential causes of your arthritis.

How is arthritis diagnosed?

Arthritis is diagnosed following a consultation, physical exam, and often imaging — typically X-rays or an MRI. Imaging is needed to identify the extent of arthritic damage to the affected joints and inform your providers about the safest and most appropriate treatment options for your particular case.

How is arthritis treated?

Treatment for arthritis depends on the cause and severity of your symptoms. The team may recommend a range of conservative and minimally invasive options, including:

  • Chiropractic care
  • Rehabilitation
  • Lifestyle changes, such as losing weight or exercising more
  • Hot and cold therapy
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications
  • Prescription medications for inflammatory arthritis
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP)
  • Regenerative medicine

One or more of these options may be recommended to reduce your discomfort and improve the function of your affected joints.

To schedule a visit for your arthritis symptoms, call Advocate Integrated Medicine or book online now.