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By Dr. Philip Pinsker
February 15, 2014
Category: Arthritis

Living near Washington, PA provides visitors and locals an array of winter outdoor activities in which to partake. Sometimes it is nice, though, to find something indoors to pass the time. The Forces of Nature Concert by the Washington Symphony Orchestra, coming up on February 8, 2014, will be an event for the whole family. The creative use of musical instruments will bring the audience through the many moods of Mother Nature. Unfortunately, when you have arthritis, it can feel as though a perfect storm is brewing within your joints.

Arthritis is often labeled as a common condition that older people have to deal with. The truth is, this problem is more than just a few aches and pains.  It is a complex disorder than can affect people of all ages. Two of the most common forms are rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Understanding the difference will help identify your symptoms and seek appropriate treatment.

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease. It develops when a person’s immune system mistakenly attacks joints, which results in redness, swelling and pain. Symptoms can flare up and range in severity. There is no cure and the goal of treatment is to put the condition in remission. This typically involves finding the right medication that will reduce your pain and inflammation. Osteoarthritis on the other hand, is a chronic condition in which the cartilage between your joints breaks down over time. Age, obesity and injury are risk factors of this joint problem that causes soreness and stiffness. Again, there is no cure but medications and physical therapy can improve strength and mobility.

If you are suffering with arthritis pain, particularly in the foot or ankle, we can help. Contact Philip S. Pinsker, D.P.M at (724) 225-7410 to make an appointment at our Washington, PA office today. 

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