Arthritis Specialist

Mayfair Family Care -  - Primary Care Practice

Mayfair Family Care

Primary Care Practice in a Private Medical Group located in Chicago, IL

At least 54 million men and women are diagnosed with some form of arthritis today, making it one of the most common health problems for Americans today. At Mayfair Family Care in the Lincoln Square area of Chicago, a dedicated team helps with all aspects of arthritis, including diagnosis, treatment, and long-term management. Reach out to get the arthritis support you need by phone or through the online scheduling tool now.

Arthritis Q & A

What is arthritis?

Arthritis is a group of more than 100 different conditions that cause joint and tissue damage. The two most common types of arthritis are: 

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is the most common kind of arthritis. With this type of arthritis, the cartilage inside your joints wears down over time, and this triggers changes within the bone below. Osteoarthritis often affects your hips, knees, and hands. 

Rheumatoid arthritis

With rheumatoid arthritis, your body's immune system launches an attack on the synovium, the lining of your joints. Typically, rheumatoid arthritis affects many joints at once, causing serious and painful swelling in areas like your hands and knees. 

Some other types of arthritis include psoriatic arthritis, gout, fibromyalgia, and lupus. All types of arthritis can be damaging, but it's also very manageable if you get support from the Mayfair Family Care team.

What are the symptoms of arthritis?

The symptoms of arthritis can vary by a specific condition, but most kinds of arthritis cause the following issues.

  • Joint pain
  • Joint stiffness
  • Swelling around affected joints
  • Restricted range of motion

Your symptoms can be sporadic, or constant. In most cases, the condition worsens over time, so it's important to implement a good arthritis management plan as soon as possible. 

What causes arthritis?

The main cause of osteoarthritis is ordinary wear-and-tear, which is why it tends to develop later in life. If you suffer from an injury or joint infection, it can bring on the osteoarthritis effects faster. Genetics can also contribute to the development of osteoarthritis.

In rheumatoid arthritis, it's uncertain what causes your immune system to attack your joints. But, certain genetic markers play a role in some patients. For example, if you have the HLA shared epitope marker, you have a five times higher chance of developing rheumatoid arthritis. But, the presence of certain genetic markers isn't a guarantee that you'll develop rheumatoid arthritis. Research into its cause is ongoing.

How is arthritis treated?

Your Mayfair Family Care physician recommends both lifestyle changes and medical solutions for arthritis. To reduce the effects of arthritis on your body, your doctor might recommend the following things.

  • Lose excess weight
  • Treat infections promptly
  • Do low-impact exercise
  • Stop smoking
  • Minimize your risk for falling

There are many different arthritis medications to help manage pain, swelling, and inflammation. Your doctor tailors treatment for your specific needs. 

With help from the Mayfair Family Care team, you can enjoy a full and active life with arthritis. Book your appointment online or by phone now.