Arthritis Specialist

Bay Area Healthcare

Kashif N. Abdullah, MD, MPH

Primary Care Physician located in San Jose, CA

Arthritis causes inflammation and pain in your joints. When your joint pain gets in the way of your normal activities, Dr. Kashif Abdullah offers effective arthritis treatment at Bay Area Healthcare in San Jose, California. Don’t let arthritis pain keep you from activities you love. Call the office or book an appointment online today.

Arthritis Q & A

What is arthritis?

Arthritis is a group of conditions that cause inflammation and pain in your joints. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of the disease. Osteoarthritis develops when the cartilage that lines the ends of your bones that meet in your joint wears away and the bones rub together without any protection.

Other common forms of arthritis include rheumatoid arthritis and gout. Rheumatoid arthritis is an immunologic disorder in which your immune system attacks the synovial lining of your joints, causing inflammation and pain. Gout develops when excessive levels of uric acid in your blood cause sharp crystals to form in the joint of your big toe.

 

What are arthritis symptoms?

Joint pain is the most common symptom of arthritis. Arthritis can develop in any joint in your body, but it’s most common in your knees, hips, back, and hands. Other symptoms include swelling, stiffness, and a limited range of motion.

 

What causes arthritis?

The exact cause of arthritis is unclear, but there are a number of factors that contribute to your risk of developing the disease.

Age

Osteoarthritis is more common as you get older. The daily wear and tear on your joints can damage your cartilage, causing it to wear away. Age also plays a factor in rheumatoid arthritis and gout.

Family history

If someone in your family has arthritis, your chances of developing the same painful condition increase. It’s suspected that a genetic factor shared in families makes it more likely for environmental factors to trigger arthritis.

Obesity

If you are overweight or obese, your joints, particularly those in your back, hips, knees, and ankles, bear additional stress, which can increase your risk of developing arthritis.

Sex

While both men and women develop osteoarthritis, women are more likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis. Men are more likely to develop gout.

Previous joint injuries

If you sustained a joint injury, you have a higher risk of developing arthritis. For example, many young athletes develop arthritis when they get older.

 

How is arthritis treated?

Dr. Abdullah offers treatments to reduce your joint pain and resolve issues that contribute to arthritis. He often helps patients to lose weight to reduce the amount of pressure on their joints. He also prescribes nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and corticosteroids to reduce inflammation and pain.

Other treatments, like the application of hot and cold compresses and physical therapy, are suggested to treat arthritis. Often regular exercise helps because it keeps the muscles around your joints strong and supple and therefore more supportive of the joint.

Call or schedule an appointment online today for effective arthritis care.