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Arthritis Specialist

Ormond Internal Medicine

Primary Care Practice & Internal Medicine located in Volusia County, Ormond Beach, FL

Some 54 million people are living with arthritis in America — that’s 23% of all adults. One in four reports severe joint pain, and it limits 24 million people in the activities they can do. There’s no cure for arthritis, but the right treatment can help manage the pain. Internal medicine physician Gail van Diepen, DO, and her team at Ormond Internal Medicine in Ormond Beach, Florida, treat arthritis with a combination of conventional medicine and healing and wellness practices. Schedule a consultation through their website or by phone and see how they can help you.

Arthritis Q & A

What is arthritis?

The name arthritis literally means “joint inflammation,” and it’s a collective term for a variety of more than 100 different types of inflammatory diseases affecting one or more joints. It’s most common in those over age 65, but it can develop in younger adults, teenagers, and even children. Arthritis symptoms can appear suddenly or take years to build. The most common symptoms are swelling and redness in the joints, joint pain, stiffness, and a decreased range of motion.

Some symptoms that look like arthritis aren’t. The team at Ormond Internal Medicine diagnoses not only whether you have arthritis but also the type, and they create a treatment plan to manage it best.

What are the different types of arthritis?

Of the over 100 different types of arthritis, two are easily the most prevalent: osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis, affecting over 27 million people. Also known as wear-and-tear arthritis, it’s caused by the protective cartilage that cushions the ends of bones from wearing down, either through age, joint injury, or obesity. It’s impossible to reverse the damage, but careful management can slow down how quickly it progresses.

Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) affects around 1.5 million Americans. It’s an autoimmune disease where the immune system attacks the cells inside a joint capsule. If left ignored, it could lead to permanent disability; however, with early intervention, doctors can prevent this from happening in all but 5-10% of cases. People with RA can also have depression, fatigue, and damage in the eyes, lungs, and nerves as a result of the disease.  

Arthritis has far-reaching health implications outside of the joint inflammation itself. Ormond Internal Medicine has providers with training in how to manage every aspect of the disease.

How do you treat arthritis?

Preventing arthritis from worsening comes down to following a treatment program appropriate to your type of arthritis, your health, and your symptoms. Arthritis management includes:

  • Lifestyle changes
  • Pain medication
  • Surgery
  • Complementary and alternative medicines 

With an aggressive treatment plan and comprehensive, ongoing care, you can find a way to manage arthritic pain and remain active. With the Ormond Internal Medicine team in your corner, you have the best chances of successfully treating your symptoms. Call today or schedule a consultation online.