Arthritis

Frisco Medical Center

Family Medicine & Sports Medicine located in Frisco, TX & Dallas, TX

Arthritis affects more than 50 million American adults, hindering their ability to work and enjoy healthy, active lifestyles. At Frisco Medical Center, Luis Palacios, MD, and Jessica Huerta, DO, MS, help manage many forms of arthritis with physical therapy, prescribed medication, and lifestyle modifications. They develop personalized treatment plans that can improve your joint health, your mobility and relieve painful symptoms. If you’re suffering from arthritis, call or use the online booking tool and schedule an appointment today.

Arthritis Q & A

What is arthritis?

Arthritis refers to different diseases that affect the health and functioning of your joints. Patients who suffer from arthritis can suffer joint pain and limited mobility.

There are different kinds of arthritis, but the most common one is a degenerative form known as Osteoarthritis. It is marked by the wearing down over time of the soft, cushion-like surfaces on the ends of bones where they meet. When bone rubs against bone, it causes painful symptoms.

What are common signs and symptoms of arthritis?

The most common signs and symptoms of arthritis typically involve your joints, including the knees, wrists, elbows, and shoulders. Some of these symptoms include:

  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Limited range of motion

Arthritis symptoms can vary widely depending on what form of arthritis you have. That’s why it’s important to make an appointment with Frisco Medical Center as soon as you notice symptoms so Dr. Palacios can make a diagnosis. Also, the earlier you detect arthritis, the better your joints will respond to treatment.

Who is at risk of developing arthritis?

The main risk factors for developing arthritis include family history, age, and lifestyle habits. If you have a significant family history of arthritis, your chances of developing arthritis are higher.

Also, if you’re physically active, your joints will suffer wear and tear as you age. This can lead to the deterioration of cushioning surfaces that protect your joints and ultimately lead to painful bone-on-bone contact.

Furthermore, if you are obese, you can significantly increase your risk of getting arthritis since you are putting extra strain on your joints.

How does arthritis treatment work?

Dr. Palacios will work closely with you to develop a personalized arthritis treatment plan. He may use lab tests, X-rays, or other diagnostic exams to make a diagnosis.

One he has a diagnosis, he may then recommend a combination of physical therapy, lifestyle changes — such as an exercise plan and an improved diet — and medications, such as analgesics or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. He can develop specific exercise routines, including plans for swimming or cycling, which are less stressful on your joints than running.

Throughout your treatment, Dr. Palacios will monitor your progress to ensure your condition improves and that you get relief from your painful symptoms.

To learn more about arthritis treatment, call Frisco Medical Center or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment.