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Arthritis Specialist

Seby Medical Center

Family Medicine & Cardiology located in Roseland, Chicago, IL & Downers Grove, IL

When you have arthritis, which causes chronic joint pain, it can impact your quality of life and prevent you from enjoying your life to its fullest. Sebastian Joseph, MD, and Amit Vyas, MD, of Seby Medical Center diagnose arthritis and help you find relief from your pain. For quality treatment of your arthritis, call the office in the Roseland area of Chicago, Illinois, or schedule an appointment online today.

Arthritis Q & A

What is arthritis?

Arthritis is a general term that refers to chronic pain in one or more joints. Joints are the connection points between two bones. They allow mobility through complex coordination between bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. 

Symptoms of arthritis may range from mild to debilitating and include: 

  • Tenderness
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Warmth 
  • Deformity 
  • Weakness
  • Skin rash

Arthritis may impact any joint of the body. Common areas to experience arthritis include the hands, ankles, back, and knees. There are more than a hundred types of arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and osteoarthritis. 

What causes arthritis? 

Inflammation is the primary cause of arthritis. Inflammation happens when the immune system sends white blood cells and chemicals to the tissues in response to something it recognizes as damaging to the body. This response causes redness, swelling, and other symptoms. With arthritis, the inflammation affects the supporting tissues of the joint. 

Underlying causes of inflammation include:

  • Infection 
  • Autoimmune disease 
  • Joint injury 
  • Metabolic disorders
  • Food intolerances 
  • Leaky gut 
  • Poor nutrition 
  • Stress

Without treatment of the underlying causes of arthritis, your joints could become deformed, weak, or immobile. If the underlying cause of your arthritis is not reversible, treatment may focus on reducing pain and relieving other symptoms. 

How does my provider diagnose arthritis? 

Dr. Joseph and Dr. Vyas diagnose arthritis based on your symptoms and a physical assessment. They may assess your flexibility, muscle strength, coordination, and range of motion. 

They may recommend X-rays or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to explore the underlying cause or visualize long-term changes in your joints. In some cases, laboratory testing may help diagnose the cause of your arthritis, especially if your joint pain is a symptom of another disorder, such as thyroid disease or an infection. 

What are the treatments for arthritis?

Initially, Dr. Joseph or Dr. Vayas assesses your arthritis and determines what may be causing your joint pain. 

Depending on the cause of your pain, they may order:

  • Dietary changes
  • Steroid injections
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Heat or cold therapy
  • Physical therapy 
  • Orthopedic referral
  • Orthotics

Because most types of arthritis are chronic, the team at Seby Medical Center offers ongoing support and care to help you manage your symptoms. 

For a consultation regarding your arthritis, call Seby Medical Center or schedule an appointment online today.