Methodist Healthcare has numerous dedicated rheumatologists who specialize in treating arthritis and joint conditions that affect a patient’s quality of life. Arthritis can vary in severity and cause depending on the patient. Regardless of what type of arthritis a patient has, our compassionate doctors are dedicated to creating personalized treatment plans for all of our patients.
The most prevalent form of arthritis is osteoarthritis, which affects millions of people worldwide. This condition occurs when the cartilage protecting the ends of your bones begins to wear down due to overuse or joint injuries.
Osteoarthritis can happen in almost any joint, but usually occurs in joints that are weight-bearing, such as the feet, hips, knees and spine. When these natural shock absorbers wear down, the joint loses cushion, which can cause moderate to severe pain when the joint is used.
Symptoms of osteoarthritis typically include:
- Bone spurs
- Joint pain or ache
- Joint stiffness
- Pain walking or exercising
- Loss of flexibility
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease where the immune system attacks joints, leading to severe joint damage over time. Typically, rheumatoid arthritis first affects smaller joints like fingers or toes. As this disease continues to spread, you may begin to notice wrist pain, knee pain or shoulder pain. Consult your doctor if you have any of these symptoms lasting for more than a couple weeks.
Symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis may include:
- Firm bumps under your skin
- Swollen joints that feel warm
- Stiffness that may last for hours
- Joint pain or tenderness
Psoriatic arthritis is a form of psoriasis that affects the joints. Currently, there is no cure for this disease, but our physicians focus on managing pain and preventing further joint damage. Without medical treatment, psoriatic arthritis may be become disabling for some people.
Symptoms of psoriatic arthritis include:
- Red patches of skin
- Joint pain
- Joint swelling