Arthritis Specialist

APMI Orthopaedics, Sports Health & Regenerative Medicine -  - Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon

APMI Orthopaedics, Sports Health & Regenerative Medicine

Orthopedics & Pain Management Specialists located in Chevy Chase, MD & Greenbelt, MD

If you’re one of the millions of Americans who live with joint pain due to arthritis, help is available. The team at APMI Orthopaedics, Sports Health & Regenerative Medicine in Chevy Chase and Greenbelt, Maryland, provides innovative, personalized treatment plans to relieve pain and stiffness and restore your joint health. Don’t let arthritis limit your life. Call your closest office or schedule a consultation online today.

Arthritis Q & A

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What is arthritis?

Arthritis is a group of diseases known for causing progressive inflammation, pain, and stiffness in your joints. Your risk of developing arthritis increases with age, although your weight, medical history, and other lifestyle factors also influence your chances of experiencing arthritis-related joint pain. 

Osteoarthritis, the progressive form of the disease, is the most prevalent type. It develops as the cartilage that lubricates and cushions your joints wears away, allowing your bones to rub together when you move. As a result, friction irritates your joint, causing inflammation and pain. 

Other common types of arthritis include rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus, and psoriatic arthritis. 

What are the signs of arthritis?

Chronic joint pain is the hallmark symptom of arthritis. You might also experience swelling, stiffness, and reddened skin. Arthritis can decrease your range of motion, and the symptoms can limit your mobility, interfering with your day-to-day life. 

When should I talk to a doctor about arthritis?

You should make an appointment at APMI Orthopaedics, Sports Health & Regenerative Medicine if you have any signs of arthritis. As with most medical conditions, the earlier you get an accurate diagnosis and start treatment, the better.

The team provides expert physical exams, lab tests, and diagnostic imaging studies to confirm that you have arthritis and identify the best treatment plan.

What are the available treatments for arthritis?

The team at APMI Orthopaedics, Sports Health & Regenerative Medicine creates personalized treatment plans to relieve your symptoms and restore your joints. Depending on your specific needs, your multidisciplinary program could include:

  • Medication management
  • Ice and heat
  • Joint injections
  • Cold laser therapy
  • BioWavePENS® neurostimulation
  • Nerve block injections
  • Regenerative medicine (stem cells and PRP therapy)
  • Radiofrequency neurotomy
  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • Joint replacement surgery

Physical therapy and lifestyle modifications are a critical component of arthritis management. Physical therapy and regular exercise can strengthen the muscles and connective tissue surrounding an arthritic joint, increasing support and stability. 

Adjusting your diet and exercising every day can also help you lose weight, which reduces the stress on weight-bearing joints like your knees. Reduced joint stress can also lessen arthritis symptoms. 

Call APMI Orthopaedics, Sports Health & Regenerative Medicine or make an appointment online today for expert diagnosis and treatment for arthritis.