Arthritis Specialist

Primary Medicine of Sherman

Primary Care Physician & Addiction Medicine located in Sherman, TX & Plano, TX

Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the United States, with as many as 54 million Americans diagnosed with the condition. Arthritis doesn’t get better with time and shouldn’t be ignored. At Primary Medicine of Sherman, Robert Hernandez, MD, takes a proactive and preventive approach to care and can help you manage your arthritis early so the pain doesn’t lead to debilitation later in life. For an examination, call the Sherman or Plano, Texas, office today or request an appointment online.

Arthritis Q & A

What is arthritis?

Arthritis is often referred to as a disease, but it’s actually a general medical term that indicates inflammation of the joint. There are more than 100 different health conditions that lead to arthritis, which can affect any joint in your body. 

Common symptoms of arthritis include:

  • Joint pain
  • Inflammation, redness, and swelling of the joint
  • Decreased joint range of motion
  • Overall joint stiffness

No matter the underlying cause, arthritis is a progressive condition that tends to get worse with time. However, taking care of your arthritis early may help delay the progression of your disease.

What are the types of arthritis?

Though there are numerous types of arthritis, some are more common than others. Some of the most common types of arthritis include:

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is by far the most common type of arthritis, affecting more than 30 million Americans. This type of arthritis develops as the cartilage in between your joints wears away.

Rheumatic arthritis

Although less common than osteoarthritis, rheumatic arthritis can lead to permanent joint damage and deformity. This type of arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that causes your immune system to attack your joint capsule. 

Gout

Gout is a type of arthritis that develops from an accumulation of uric acid crystals in your blood that settles in your joints. 

Psoriatic arthritis

Similar to rheumatic arthritis, psoriatic arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that causes your immune system to attack the various components of your joint, including cartilage, tendons, or ligaments.

Lupus, fibromyalgia, and degenerative disc disease can also lead to joint pain and inflammation.

What are the treatments for arthritis?

Dr. Hernandez and his nurse practitioners Brittany Brown, NP, and Julie Thomison, NP, develop individualized treatment plans for the management of your arthritis. Treatment may depend on the type of arthritis you have as well as the severity of your symptoms. Some of the treatments the team at Primary Medicine of Sherman may recommend include:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Over-the-counter pain relievers
  • Physical therapy
  • Joint injection

Losing weight may also be recommended. Carrying excess body weight places strain on the joints, which may exacerbate your discomfort. Dr. Hernandez and his team offer a medically supervised weight-loss program that can help you lose the weight for good.

Arthritis is a chronic health problem, but with the right management, it doesn’t have to get in the way of your daily activities. For compassionate care, call Primary Medicine of Sherman today, or request an appointment online.