Courtesy of Centers for Disease
Control & Prevention, Public
Health Image Library.
Gout is the buildup of uric acid in the blood (hyperuricemia) resulting in painful arthritic symptoms in your joints. Acute attacks occur only in one joint, while chronic gout consists of repeated attacks that may involve multiple joints. A gout attack most often affects the joint of the knee, ankle or big toe. Typically, the onset of pain occurs quickly and at night, accompanied by warmth and swelling in the joint. Symptoms usually subside after a few days but may return at a later date.

If you suffer from gout, your body is either producing too much uric acid or it is unable to break it down and eliminate it efficiently. The uric acid build-up can be caused by a variety of factors, including genetics, diet, medications or an underlying or co-existing condition such as diabetes, kidney disease, obesity, sickle-cell anemia, leukemia or other blood cancers.

Gout is often difficult to diagnose because its symptoms are so similar to those of rheumatoid arthritis or even septic arthritis. Consequently, it is absolutely critical that you get a correct diagnosis so that you receive appropriate treatment.

At the Kaplan Center our physicians have years of experience treating patients with chronic pain conditions such as gout, and we completely reject the notion that “you just have to live with it.”

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 for 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 also any possible underlying or co-existing conditions that may be causing or aggravating your symptoms.

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.

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