Understanding and Managing Arthritis with Patient First Direct Primary Care
Arthritis is a broad term that covers a group of over 100 diseases characterized by inflammation of the joints. These conditions can cause pain, stiffness, and reduced range of motion, impacting daily activities and quality of life. At Patient First Direct Primary Care, we have skilled Physicians and Physician Assistants who are dedicated to helping patients effectively manage their arthritis and improve their quality of life.
Symptoms of Arthritis
The symptoms of arthritis usually develop over time, but they may also appear suddenly. Common symptoms include joint pain, stiffness, swelling, redness, decreased range of motion, and chronic pain that can be debilitating. In more severe cases, arthritis can cause permanent joint changes that are visible, such as knobby finger joints.
Treatment for Arthritis
Arthritis treatment focuses on relieving symptoms and improving joint function. This typically involves a combination of medication, physical therapy, lifestyle changes like diet and exercise, and in some cases, surgical interventions.
Medications used to treat arthritis vary depending on the type of arthritis and may include pain relievers, anti-inflammatory drugs, or disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs). However, an individualized treatment plan designed by a knowledgeable care provider is essential for managing arthritis effectively.
Patient First Direct Primary Care: Your Partner in Health
At Patient First Direct Primary Care, we offer continuous, personalized care for arthritis patients through our subscription-based model. This allows us to provide longer appointments, direct access to your care provider, and individually tailored treatment plans.
Our Physicians and Physician Assistants will work with you to understand your unique needs, monitor your condition, and adjust your treatment as required. They will guide you on managing symptoms, making lifestyle adjustments, and will oversee your medication regimen to ensure it's effective and suits your specific condition.
Living with arthritis can be challenging, but with the right care and support, you can lead an active and fulfilling life. Patient First Direct Primary Care is here to help you navigate your health journey with arthritis. Reach out to us today to start on your path to better health.