Arthritis Specialist

Arizona State Orthopaedics

George K Myo, M.D.

Orthopaedic Surgeon & Hand Surgeon located in Chandler, AZ

Living with arthritis can make even the simplest tasks seem unbearably painful. If you're near Chandler, Arizona, it's time to visit with an expert orthopaedic surgeon, George K. Myo, MD. His team at Arizona State Orthopaedics understands how to diagnose and treat arthritic conditions correctly. While there’s no cure for arthritis, your condition is certainly manageable, so you don't have to live in pain another day.

Arthritis Q & A

What is arthritis?

Arthritis includes several different types of conditions that cause inflammation in one or more of your joints. You may have more than one form of arthritis occurring at the same time.

For instance, with osteoarthritis, the cartilage that covers the end of your bones starts to break down. That causes debilitating pain since bones can start rubbing against each other.

Rheumatoid arthritis is common in older patients. This kind of arthritis is a type of autoimmune disorder. With this condition, your immune system starts attacking the lining of your joints,  leading to painful bone-on-bone contact.

Gout is yet another arthritic condition that leads to the formation of painful uric acid crystals between joints. Usually gout forms in your feet and ankles.  

Are there risk factors for arthritis?

Yes, although arthritis can affect anyone at any point in life. But you’re more likely to develop arthritis if:

  • You’re overweight or obese
  • It runs in your family
  • You’re older
  • You’ve had a previous joint injury
  • You’re female

Sometimes patients develop arthritis for no known reason. Because arthritis can permanently damage joints, you should start getting treatment at the first sign of joint pain.

Will I know if I have arthritis?

Likely, yes. Be aware of your symptoms and discuss them with Dr. Myo, so he can ensure you get the correct diagnosis and treatment. Arthritis's most common warning signs include:

  • Chronic pain
  • Inflammation
  • Tenderness

You may also notice redness on the skin over your joints and your skin might feel abnormally warm when you touch it. These are symptoms of infectious arthritis.

How is arthritis treated?

Your treatment plan depends on which type (or types) of arthritis you have, as well as your symptoms. Typical arthritis treatments involve:

  • Physical therapy
  • Low-level light therapy
  • Topical counterirritant creams
  • Corticosteroid injections or pills
  • Analgesic medications for pain
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)

It's likely that your arthritis treatment plan is going to include a combination of these options. Surgery might be required if your case is severe. In fact, it's essential if you have severe joint or cartilage damage that needs to be repaired.

Don't let arthritis pain take over your life! Get started on your treatment today by calling Arizona State Orthopaedics or booking a visit online.