Arthritis Specialist

Cullman Internal Medicine

Internal Medicine & Acupuncture located in Cullman, AL

When you have constant pain in your joints, it can significantly impact your overall sense of well-being. The team at Cullman Internal Medicine in Cullman, Alabama, specializes in arthritis and joint disorders and has a rheumatology specialist on staff. They treat each patient with compassion while providing an effective, personalized plan of care for managing your pain. For a consultation, call the office or book an appointment online.

Arthritis Q & A

What is arthritis?

Arthritis refers to a group of disorders that affects around 53 million Americans, according to the Arthritis Foundation. It is the most common chronic illness in the United States.

Arthritis is characterized by pain and inflammation in the joints. There are roughly 100 different types of arthritis, making this a complex family of disorders.

What are symptoms of arthritis?

The most prominent symptoms of many forms of arthritis are similar. Different types of arthritis are distinguished by their underlying cause, location, and other associated symptoms.

Common symptoms include:

  • Pain

  • Swelling

  • Redness

  • Warmth

  • Stiffness

  • Decreased range of motion

Arthritis can cause progressive damage to the joint and a decline in joint mobility.

What are some types of arthritis?

The most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis (OA), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), fibromyalgia, and psoriatic arthritis (PsA). Each of these types differs slightly in the underlying cause for the joint pain.

Osteoarthritis

Pain is caused by damage to the tissues that line and support specific joints and may worsen over time.

Rheumatoid arthritis

Pain is caused by an autoimmune response that attacks the joints and causes progressive damage to the joint.

Fibromyalgia

Pain is widespread and generalized and is influenced by the brain and how it processes pain. It is associated with other symptoms like fatigue and weakness.

Psoriatic arthritis

Pain is caused by an autoimmune response that attacks the connective tissues. This is also coupled with a skin response, called psoriasis.

Other common forms of arthritis are lupus, gout, and degenerative arthritis. While all these types of arthritis have similar symptoms, they’re treated differently depending on their underlying causes.

What treatments are available for arthritis?

A rheumatology specialist may be needed to assess your arthritis pain and to establish a long-term treatment plan that gives you relief.

Treatments for arthritis may include:

  • Pain or steroid medications

  • Ultrasound-guided steroid injections

  • Nutrition counseling

  • Nutritional supplements

  • Heat or cold treatments

  • Exercise plans

For some, relief may require consistent doses of medications delivered by intravenous therapy. Cullman Internal Medicine is proud to offer a full range of infusion services in the comfort of their office. Infusions services are available for you, whether you use a member of the Cullman Internal Medicine team, or you have another trusted rheumatologist.

For a consultation about how your arthritis may be treated, call the office or book an appointment online with Cullman Internal Medicine today.

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