Arthritis

Reese Family Practice

Integrative Medicine & Primary Care located in Eugene, OR

Is the soreness or swelling related to arthritis holding you back from doing the activities you love? Perhaps it’s time to take charge of your well-being and put the aches and pains of arthritis behind you. Reese Family Practice in Eugene, Oregon, provides high-caliber integrative medicine that’s designed to get your arthritis under control and enhance your quality of life. To find out more, call today to make an appointment or schedule your appointment online with Randy Reese, MD, and his team of health care practitioners.

Arthritis Q & A

Reese Family Practice

What is arthritis?

Arthritis is a common condition that causes pain, soreness, and stiffness in your joints. With arthritis, it can be difficult to perform even routine activities, such as opening jars or holding a pen.

Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis. You may feel this condition in your hands, knees, or hips. Osteoarthritis is common as you age. Over time, the cartilage that covers the ends of your bones wears away so it no longer cushions your joints. The bones rub against each other, causing pain and discomfort.

Another form of arthritis is rheumatoid arthritis. This is an autoimmune disorder that targets the lining of your joints, causing inflammation and swelling.


How is arthritis diagnosed?

The team begins by taking your medical history and performing a physical exam. Your provider checks your joints for swelling, redness, and warmth, and may ask you to perform certain movements to assess your range of motion.

To complete your diagnosis, your provider may recommend lab tests of your blood or urine. They may also recommend diagnostic imaging tests, including:


  • X-rays
  • Computerized tomography (CT) scans
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Ultrasounds


Your provider might ask to take a sample of your joint fluid for testing. To take a sample, they numb the area, then withdraw some fluid with a needle.

 

How is arthritis treated?

Your treatment is designed to help manage your symptoms so you can get back to the hobbies and activities you love. Prescription medications can help ease the swelling, stiffness, and pain of arthritis. Depending on your form of arthritis, one of these types of medications may provide you with a measure of relief:


  • Analgesics: Prescription medications to help ease pain
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs: Creams and oral medications that target pain and inflammation
  • Corticosteroids: Medications, such as prednisone and cortisone, that are injected or taken as a pill to reduce inflammation
  • Disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs: Used with rheumatoid arthritis to slow down or block your immune system from attacking your joints


A course of physical therapy may also help to ease your arthritis symptoms by strengthening the muscles supporting your joints. Over time, if medications and physical therapy don’t provide you relief, your provider also may discuss options like surgery to replace your joints.

If you’re ready to explore the right treatment plan to help you enjoy a more active life, call to schedule an appointment or book a consultation online today with Reese Family Practice.