Arthritis
Chronic Joint Pain

Arthritis

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There are two basic types of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. The common denominator between the two is inflammation of the affected joints that can make daily tasks or activities difficult or painful.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain (RA)

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease, in which the body recognizes its own tissue as a foreign invader. To “protect” itself, the body’s immune system perceives and attacks some of its own cells as “foreign” bodies, a reaction that causes a build-up of fluid in the joints. RA is chronic, and there is no cure; however, early diagnosis and treatment can help keep the disease in remission.

Osteoarthritis Pain (OA)

Osteoarthritis is caused by the breakdown of cartilage within the joints, which results in pain and swelling in the affected joints and, in some cases, in the adjoining ligaments, tendons and muscles. When the cartilage breakdown occurs over time from wear-and-tear on the joints, it is referred to as “primary osteoarthritis,” but it is important to recognize that primary osteoarthritis is NOT an essential part of the normal aging process. When a joint becomes arthritic some time after an acute injury, it is referred to as “Secondary OA.” A complication in correctly diagnosing and treating arthritis is that there are so many other medical conditions that share the same symptoms, including biotoxicity, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome or an acute joint or muscle injury. If properly diagnosed and treated, arthritis doesn’t have to stop you from enjoying an active lifestyle. If you already have tried different medications and treatments with unsuccessful results, don’t give up yet. The Kaplan Center offers customized, integrated treatment programs, designed to relieve you of your arthritis pain and forestall its degenerative process on your joints. At the Kaplan Center our physicians have years of experience treating patients with chronic pain conditions, and we completely reject the notion that “you just have to live with it.”

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At your first visit, your Kaplan physician will take time exploring the onset of your condition, the specific nature of your symptoms and the overall status of your health. You’ll also be asked about the medications and therapies you’ve tried in the past, and what has and hasn’t worked you. To gather additional information about your condition, specialized diagnostic laboratory testing may be necessary. After reviewing all of the factors contributing to your condition, your physician will spend time talking with you about your diagnosis and working with you to create a customized and multi-dimensional treatment plan that addresses not only your immediate pain, but for also any possible underlying or co-existing conditions that may be causing or aggravating your symptoms. Some of the therapies we offer to address arthritis include:

We’re here for you, and we want to help. Our goal is to return you to optimal health as soon as possible. Please call (703) 532-4892 to schedule an appointment, or for more information, please click here.




Chronic Joint Pain

Are you suffering with chronic joint pain and hoping to avoid surgery?

If so, you know how debilitating and disheartening it can be. You may have been to several physicians and specialists or even had surgery, just to be disappointed that you’re still in pain.

The problem with chronic joint pain is that it can be caused by a variety of factors or a combination of factors, including normal wear-and-tear, prior injuries, infections, hormonal imbalances, autoimmune disorders, allergic reactions, exposure to environmental toxins, or even an emotional trauma.

At the Kaplan Center, our practitioners have years of experience successfully treating chronic joint pain, and we completely reject the notion that “you just have to live with it.”

What can you expect when you visit the Kaplan Center? First, you will be seen by a physician who is trained in one or more of the following specialties: osteopathic medicine, pain management, family medicine, medical acupuncture and physical medicine and rehabilitation. Given that chronic joint pain has so many causes and contributing factors, this broad range of experience is crucial in accurately evaluating your condition and for ensuring that you receive the specific medical care you need to return you to optimal health.

Second, your first appointment at the Kaplan Center will be at least 60 minutes long. Our physicians need this time to explore the onset of your condition, the specific nature of your pain sensations, and the overall status of your health, including prior injuries, surgeries, use of medications, travel history, exposure to environmental toxins, and social/family history. To gather additional information about your condition, your Kaplan physician may order specialized testing.

After reviewing all of the factors contributing to your particular health situation, your Kaplan physician will spend time talking with you about your diagnosis and working with you to create a customized and multi-dimensional treatment plan that addresses your symptoms and any possible underlying or co-existing conditions that may be causing or aggravating your joint pain.

We offer a multitude of effective treatment options, including:

We’re here for you, and we want to help. Our goal is to return you to optimal health as soon as possible.

Please call (703) 532-4892 to schedule an appointment, or for more information, please click here.