Preventive and Diagnostic Medical Center

Arun Sehgal, MD

Internal Medicine located in Ramsey, NJ

If you’re one of the millions of Americans who live with joint pain due to arthritis, you don’t have to put up with your pain. At Preventive and Diagnostic Medical Center in Ramsey, New Jersey, Arun Sehgal, MD, a board-certified internist, offers expert diagnosis and treatment to reduce or eliminate your arthritis symptoms. Call or make an appointment online today for comprehensive arthritis care.

Arthritis Q & A

What is arthritis?

There are more than 100 different types of arthritis; this group of conditions causes pain and inflammation in your joints. 

Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis, affecting over 30 million American adults. Osteoarthritis is the degenerative type of the disease. It develops as the cartilage that cushions and lubricates your joints wears away. When the ends of your bones rub together as you move, it causes irritation, inflammation, and pain.

Other types of arthritis include:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Gout
  • Lupus
  • Psoriatic arthritis
  • Ankylosing spondylitis

If you have any concerns about joint pain, the best course of action is to make an appointment with an experienced and board-certified physician like Dr. Sehgal at Preventive and Diagnostic Medical Center for a thorough exam, diagnosis, and treatment.

What are the signs of arthritis?

Joint pain is the most common symptom of arthritis. You may also experience swelling, stiffness, and reduced mobility. Depending on the type of arthritis that affects your joints, you may also suffer from fatigue and reduced appetite. Over time, your joints may become deformed, and your pain and stiffness increase until movement becomes too painful to endure. 

How is arthritis treated?

Arthritis is a chronic disease, which means there is no cure. However, with careful, customized treatments, Dr. Sehgal can help you manage your condition. 

He often combines a variety of treatments to address your pain and relieve the specific issue causing it. For example, you may benefit from anti-inflammatory medications, including corticosteroids and NSAIDs. You may also find that applying heat and ice packs alleviates your pain.

Exercise might sound like the last thing you want to do when your joints hurt, but physical therapy and other activities can strengthen the muscles that support your joints and help you lose weight, which reduces the physical stress on your joints. Some types of arthritis, such as gout, improve with dietary changes to reduce your uric acid levels.

In some cases, you may also benefit from joint injections to either reduce pain or relubricate your joints. Dr. Sehgal can also refer you for surgical procedures to repair or replace your joints. 

If you have joint pain, call Preventive and Diagnostic Medical Center or schedule an arthritis consultation online today.