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Arthritis Specialist

Advante Health

Primary Care Providers located in Bowie, MD & Rockville, MD

Arthritis is a common cause of disability, affecting 54 million adults in the United States. The team at Advante Health offers a full range of services for symptom management and chronic pain if you struggle with painful arthritis. To set up a consultation with an experienced primary care provider on the team, call one of the offices in either Bowie or Rockville, Maryland. You can also set up your appointment online using the convenient online booking tool.

Arthritis Q&A

What is arthritis?

Arthritis encompasses more than 100 different joint diseases. Many people assume that only adults get arthritis, but some forms of arthritis can also affect children and teens. Symptoms can strike at any age, and arthritis pain can be debilitating.

If you have arthritis, you may develop widespread symptoms. Arthritis pain can affect your:

  • Hands and wrists
  • Hips and knees
  • Ankles and feet
  • Elbows and shoulders
  • Neck and back

Arthritis symptoms are usually worse in the morning. Your joints may feel stiff or sore when you first wake up. Some people with arthritis also notice joint swelling, redness, or a sensation of heat.

What causes arthritis?

Each form of arthritis has a different cause, but many cases are linked to joint degeneration. Your joints may break down and develop arthritis after an injury or chronic illness. Joint infections can also trigger arthritis. 

At Advante Health, the team helps you determine what's causing your arthritis. Next, they create a personalized treatment plan to relieve your symptoms. Your treatment plan can reduce your pain, allowing you to enjoy a more active lifestyle.

How is arthritis treated?

Physical therapy is an integral part of arthritis treatment. During each physical therapy session, your provider guides you through a series of exercises. These exercises are personally tailored to meet your body's needs.

Your physical therapy sessions can:

  • Increase your flexibility
  • Loosen tense muscles
  • Build core strength
  • Boost your range of motion
  • Strengthen weak joints

If you have arthritis, you may have heard that exercise is an excellent remedy. But you might also worry about damaging your joints. At Advante Health, you receive expert guidance. Your provider explains how to exercise safely and avoid injury.

Your provider may suggest massage therapy or alternating hot and cold therapy as part of your treatment plan. These treatments help reduce your pain and promote joint healing.

What results can I expect?

Treatments offered at Advante Health encourage natural healing. Physical therapy builds muscle tissue, loosens stiff joints, and increases blood flow. Over time, physical therapy can reduce your pain. Without chronic pain, it's easier to stay physically active.

Keeping active helps you avoid future health problems. A strong, limber body is better equipped to recover from injuries and illnesses, so physical therapy can even boost your long-term health. 

To learn more about arthritis care, call one of the offices today or schedule an appointment online.