An incredible 54 million people in the United States grapple with some form of arthritis, a number that is expected to rise to 78 million by 2040, thanks to an aging population. At Grapevine Medical & Surgical Center, Regina Capili, MD, and Carleo Capili, MD, have extensive experience helping their patients in Grapevine, Texas, overcome the pain and limitations that arthritis can place on their lives. To explore your options for dealing with arthritis, call the office or use the online scheduling tool.
Arthritis Q & A
What are the different types of arthritis?
There are more than 100 different types of arthritis, which is a catchall term for a group of diseases that causes pain and inflammation in your joints. The most common forms of the disease generally fall into the following categories:
As the name implies, arthritis that falls into this group typically develops on the heels of general wear and tear and aging, which breaks down the cartilage in your joints. Osteoarthritis is the leading type of degenerative arthritis, affecting more than 31 million people in the United States.
Under normal circumstances, your immune system protects you from foreign invaders, but with inflammatory arthritis, this same system turns on your own body, mistakenly attacking your joints, causing inflammation and pain. The leading types of arthritis in this category include rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis.
With this form of arthritis, a virus, bacteria, or a fungus gets into your joints and causes inflammation.
There are many other forms of arthritis, including gout and arthritis that develops after an injury, but these categories represent the lion’s share of the problem.
How is arthritis diagnosed and treated?
When you first come into Grapevine Medical & Surgical Center, a member of the medical team sits down with you to review your symptoms and your medical history and performs a physical exam. Based on their findings, they can figure out what’s causing the pain and inflammation in your joints.
Because there are so many types of arthritis, there’s no magic bullet when it comes to a cure. In fact, treating arthritis is more about stopping its progression and finding ways for you to maintain an active and healthy life, free from the pain and the limitations that come with joint disease.
What can I do to help my arthritis?
While there’s much that the doctors at Grapevine Medical & Surgical Center can do to keep you more comfortable and restore function in your joints, there’s plenty you can do on your own.
First and foremost, your joints are meant to move, so your doctor will likely recommend exercise as a great way to reduce the effects of arthritis on your body. As well, anything that adds to the burden of your already beleaguered joints should be addressed, such as extra weight.
Rest assured, your doctor works with you to come up with a plan that fits your lifestyle and your needs.
To regain your active life, call Grapevine Medical & Surgical Center for expert arthritis care. Or you can use the online scheduling tool to book an appointment.