Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. and affects more than 50 million Americans. For effective relief from arthritis pain, see orthopedic surgery specialist UT Physicians: Brian S. Parsley, MD in Bellaire, Texas. As an arthritis specialist, Dr. Parsley has dedicated his practice to the care of patients with mild to severe arthritis symptoms. To schedule a consultation, call or use the online booking tool now.
There are more than 100 different types of arthritis that present with their own unique signs and symptoms. Common signs and symptoms among all types of arthritis include:
Arthritis may affect a single joint or multiple joints throughout your body, depending on the type of arthritis you have and the severity of your condition.
Types of arthritis are categorized based on their cause. These categories include:
Degenerative arthritis — also called osteoarthritis or wear-and-tear arthritis — is the most common type of arthritis and usually causes problems in one joint.
Inflammatory arthritis is caused by high levels of inflammation in your body that are related to certain autoimmune conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis.
Infectious arthritis occurs when an infection attacks your joint and breaks down the bone and soft tissue structures in the joint. This is an emergency condition that requires immediate medical attention.
Metabolic arthritis is the result of deposits of bone-like debris in your joints. This debris is produced as a by-product of digestion and often appears in the big toe and shoulder. Gout is the most common form of metabolic arthritis.
Dr. Parsley diagnoses the cause of your joint pain after a comprehensive consultation and physical exam. He asks questions about your symptoms and factors that may improve or worsen your condition, like weather, stress, or certain foods.
During your physical exam, he assesses all of your symptomatic joints for range of motion and function. He also orders X-rays and an MRI, when needed, to visualize the severity of your arthritis. Based on his findings, Dr. Parsley explains the type of arthritis you have and outlines a treatment plan to help you.
Treatment for arthritis depends on the type of arthritis you have and the severity of damage to your joints. For mild cases, Dr. Parsley may recommend non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAIDs) medications and physical therapy. More serious cases may require prescription medications, like corticosteroids, to reduce inflammation.
In severe cases of joint damage and dysfunction, Dr. Parsley may recommend a minimally-invasive surgery or a joint replacement surgery to remove damaged bone from within your joint.
If you have arthritis and want help, call Brian S. Parsley M.D. or schedule a consultation online.