Arthritis Specialist

Alexandria Aesthetics

Aesthetic Specialist & Internal Medicine located in Alexandria, VA

Arthritis can be debilitating and prevent you from doing the things you once loved, but you don’t have to suffer through it. At Alexandria Adult Primary Care in Alexandria, Virginia, internal medicine physician Dr. Kantha Stoll treats arthritis to improve your quality of life. Call to learn more, or book an appointment online today.

Arthritis Q & A

What is arthritis?

Arthritis is a debilitating chronic joint disease, and the leading cause of disability among adults in the United States. Arthritis causes various symptoms in and around your joints, including:

  • Joint pain
  • Stiffness
  • Joint swelling
  • Decreased range of motion

Over time, arthritis can lead to eye, skin, kidney, heart, or lung damage.

What are the different types of arthritis?

More than 100 forms of arthritis exist. Some common types include:

Rheumatoid arthritis

This form of arthritis is an autoimmune disease, and happens when your immune system attacks healthy cells by mistake. The disease eventually destroys bone and cartilage within joints.

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis happens with everyday wear and tear on cartilage in your joints. This can eventually result in pain and restricted movements caused by bone-on-bone grinding.

Juvenile arthritis

It’s most common for older adults to develop arthritis. However, a form of arthritis that happens in children is called juvenile arthritis.

Gout

A painful form of arthritis that happens from uric acid buildup within the body is called gout. This condition usually affects your big toe.

Psoriatic arthritis

If you have psoriasis, a skin condition that causes red, itchy, thick skin patches with silvery scales, you have a higher risk of developing psoriatic arthritis. As with other forms of arthritis, psoriatic arthritis causes pain, swelling, and stiffness in joints.

How is arthritis treated?

You have various treatment options if you’re suffering from arthritis. Dr. Stoll works with you to determine which treatment best matches your needs. She may recommend:

  • Medications that control arthritis symptoms
  • Medications that delay the progression of arthritis
  • Physical therapy
  • Wearing splints or braces
  • Joint surgery in severe cases

Lifestyle and home remedies may also be effective for managing arthritis. Examples include weight loss, routine low-impact aerobic exercise, and heat and cold treatment. Dr. Stoll suggests the least invasive options first, but does prioritize strategies that delay or prevent disease progression.

When you’re ready to reduce pain and swelling associated with arthritis, call Alexandria Adult Primary Care, or book an appointment online with Dr. Stoll today.