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Arthritis Specialist

Integrated Medical Solutions of Knoxville

Integrative Medicine & Medical Clinic located in Knoxville, TN

If you struggle with the joint pain and stiffness of arthritis, you’re not alone. It’s estimated that 23% of all adults have arthritis. The medical team at Integrated Medical Solutions of Knoxville in Knoxville, Tennessee, encourages you to come in for an exam at the first sign of joint problems. With early treatment, you can help stop it from worsening and maintain an active life. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Arthritis Q & A

What is arthritis?

Arthritis is a condition that occurs when you have inflammation in one or more of your joints. It tends to worsen as you age. If you have arthritis, you may have the following symptoms:

  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Redness

The cause of arthritis depends on the type. For instance, osteoarthritis is the most common form and stems from joint damage from wear and tear from regular use, injury, or infection. Rheumatoid arthritis occurs when the immune system attacks your joints.

Who is most at risk for arthritis?

The age group that suffers from arthritis most often is people 65 and older. This is because certain types of arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis, are more prevalent as you age. Even if you develop it early, most forms of arthritis tend to worsen as you age.

Age isn’t the only factor, however. For instance, if you have a family history of arthritis, you’re more at risk for developing it. Your genetic makeup increases your vulnerability to environmental factors that stimulate the onset of arthritis.

Concerning gender, women are more susceptible to arthritis than men. Men, however, develop gout more frequently than women. Having a previous joint injury or obesity makes you more likely to develop arthritis, too.

How does a chiropractor diagnose arthritis?

Dr. Shreve may diagnose arthritis based solely on your symptoms. However, further testing may be necessary. Possible testing includes:

  • X-rays: Low levels of radiation show cartilage and bones to track the progression of your arthritis
  • CT scan: X-rays from various angles create cross-sectional views of your bone and tissue
  • MRI: A combination of radio waves and a magnetic field generates detailed cross-sectional views of your soft tissue
  • Ultrasound: Imaging system uses soundwaves to view soft tissue

What are the treatments for arthritis?

Dr. Shreve uses exercise therapy to keep your muscles strong and flexible and your joints working. He might recommend at-home exercises to enhance your results.

Another possible treatment is dietary changes or supplements to promote joint health. One example is glucosamine, which reduces your joint pain while protecting your ligaments.

Find pain relief from arthritis naturally by contacting Active Integrated Medical Center. Call the office, or use the convenient online booking form today.