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6 Common Questions About Arthritis

You probably know someone who suffers from arthritis, a condition which occurs when joints become inflamed. It’s estimated that 70 million Americans—or one in three individuals—suffer from some form of arthritis. Though it primarily affects older individuals, people of any age can suffer from the condition.

Though arthritis is nearly ubiquitous, many people are uniformed about the condition. What causes arthritis? What are the risk factors? By learning more about arthritis, patients can educate themselves on its treatment options, risk factors, and more. Learn more about arthritis by contacting Beverly Hills rheumatologist Dr. Susan Baker at (310) 274-7770.

Frequently Asked Arthritis Questions

What is arthritis?

Literally meaning “joint inflammation,” arthritis is a condition that affects the joints and surrounding areas, muscles and tendons. Though most people are aware of the word “arthritis,” few realize that the term encompasses a variety of musculoskeletal diseases, including ankylosing spondylitis, dermatomyositis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and more.

What are the risk factors for arthritis?

Though there are many different forms of arthritis, most share the same risk factors. Age is one of the most important risk factors for arthritis, as many forms of the condition become more prevalent as a patient ages. Having a family history of arthritis, being obese, and suffering a previous joint injury are other common risk factors for arthritis.

Can cracking or popping joints cause arthritis?

If you’ve cracked your knuckles or fingers as a child, chances are that your parents have warned you that doing so will give you arthritis. But is this really true? When people crack their knuckles, they push or pull their joint in a certain way that causes an air bubble—and corresponding “pop”—to suddenly appear. However, there’s no evidence that cracking one’s knuckles can cause arthritis.

What are the symptoms of arthritis?

Joint pain and fatigue are some of the most common symptoms of arthritis, but they aren’t the only ones. Inflammation, swelling, tenderness, and warmth can all be symptoms of arthritis. To help determine which specific form of the condition you’re suffering from, please contact a rheumatologist like Dr. Baker.

What are some common arthritis treatments?

When treating arthritis, doctors will often prescribe patients with anti-inflammatory medications and corticosteroids. Other forms of arthritis treatment include physical therapy and exercise. By keeping your joints moving, exercise can help increase range-of-motion and limit the pain and stiffness commonly associated with arthritis.

Who can treat arthritis?

Rheumatologists are doctors who specialize in treating the joints, soft tissues, and autoimmune diseases of the body. If you or someone you know is suffering from arthritis, please contact Beverly Hills rheumatologist Dr. Susan Baker today. At her practice, Dr. Baker guides patients throughout all stages of arthritis, from diagnosis and evaluation to treatment. To find out how Dr. Baker can help you in your fight against arthritis, please fill out an online contact form today.

Contact a Beverly Hills Rheumatologist Today

At her practice in Beverly Hills, Dr. Baker provides patients with access to a number of arthritic treatments and modalities. To schedule an appointment with rheumatologist Dr. Baker, please call (310) 274-7770 today.

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