If you’re one of the 53 million Americans dealing with arthritis, the first step toward relief is to get an accurate diagnosis from your primary care doctor. Knowing which type of arthritis you have opens the door to different treatment options. Specialists at Palo Alto Medical Foundation include clinicians from expertise areas such as rheumatology, orthopedics, sports medicine and physical medicine, all of whom benefit from our network’s expansive resources.
If you are diagnosed with rheumatoid or inflammatory arthritis, it’s important to get early treatment. You’ll work closely with a rheumatologist who has the high level of specialty training and expertise to diagnose your exact autoimmune disease and manage the complex immune suppressing and anti-inflammatory drugs involved in treatment. If you have osteoarthritis, your doctor may refer you for physical therapy, injections or medications to reduce pain and forestall joint replacement surgery.
Because arthritis is often a lifelong disease, PAMF approaches your care holistically. You’ll receive ongoing disease management that may include medications, injections, physical and occupational therapy, and access to educational resources such as classes, support groups and nutrition consultations. Together, you and your care team will find ways to manage your symptoms so you can continue working, playing and enjoying life.