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Arthritis: Symptoms, when to see a doctor.

Naperville Sun HealthAware column:

Arthritis: A pain in the…joints
May 21, 2014

The pain and stiffness you feel in your knees, shoulders, fingers and other areas could be arthritis, an inflammation of the tissue that lines the body’s joints.

The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Osteoarthritis usually affects people as they get older and occurs most commonly in the fingers, knees and hips, and in some cases is the result of a previous injury.

Rheumatoid arthritis occurs when the body’s own defense system doesn’t work properly and often affects the joints and bones of the hands and feet, but can also affect internal organs and systems.

Symptoms of arthritis include:

--Stiffness or pain during movement
--Weight loss
--Trouble breathing
--Rash or itch

If you suspect you have arthritis, see your doctor.

“In addition to an examination, we’ll take x-rays of your bones and joints in the areas that are affected and we’ll take a sample of your blood to help determine what type of arthritis you might have,” says Vinod Motiani, MD, an internal medicine physician with Edward Medical Group.

After the doctor knows what kind of arthritis you have, he or she will talk with you about the best way to treat it.  The doctor may give you a prescription for medicine that will help with the pain, stiffness, and inflammation.

“Arthritis can seriously affect your joints, internal organs and skin,” says Dr. Motiani.  “It’s important to seek treatment and use the medicine as prescribed to keep the damage from getting worse and make you feel better.”

Dr. Motiani also offers these tips:

--Keep your weight down.  Too much weight can make your knees and hips hurt.
--Exercise.  Perform activities in which you move all of your joints.
--Go for a walk every day.
--Take a warm shower in the morning.

Dr. Motiani is a board certified internal medicine physician who provides primary care services at Edward Medical Group’s office located at 404 W. Boughton Rd. in Bolingbrook.   To schedule an appointment, call (630) 378-1774. 

For more information, watch this video from Dr. Motiani.


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