If you live with arthritis or osteoporosis, you may accept joint pain as part of your daily life. Dr. Shalin Parikh and Dr. Shopana Ganpath of Health One Family Medicine in Irving, Texas, want you to know that you don’t have to live with daily pain when there are safe and effective treatment options available. Schedule a consultation to determine the exact source of your joint pain and discuss the treatment paths right for you. You’re welcome to book an appointment using the online tool, picking up the phone, or visiting the office.
According to the Arthritis Foundation, an estimated 50 million American adults and 300,000 children live with arthritis. Arthritis can occur at any age, but it will likely happen when you’re older.
Arthritis is not a single condition but describes general joint pain or conditions. There are many types of arthritis, each with a unique set of symptoms and treatments.
You may have mild, moderate, or severe symptoms that are intermittent or constant. Your arthritis may worsen over time or remain stable for years.
Some common arthritis symptoms include:
If you experience joint issues that don’t clear up after a few days of self-care, schedule an arthritis screening right away.
Osteoporosis is a common disease affecting bone density. Bone tissue, while incredibly strong and durable, is a living tissue that grows and changes throughout your life. Osteoporosis occurs when your body loses bone tissue, fails to make sufficient bone tissue, or both.
The word “osteoporosis” means “porous bone.” All bone tissue displays a honeycomb-like texture, but osteoporosis creates far more space between bone tissue connection points. If you have osteoporosis, your bones are weaker and less dense than normal and more prone to breaking.
If Dr. Parikh suspects you have osteoarthritis, he may recommend a bone density scan. This painless exam measures your bone mineral density using a special type of X-ray machine.
The results tell Dr. Parikh how your current bone density compares to that of other women, both within your age group and younger. He uses your test results to assess your risk of a bone fracture, and determine your need for treatment or further testing.
Dr. Parikh creates a customized treatment plan to address your specific set of needs and treatment goals.
Treatment for arthritis or osteoporosis often includes medication. Some drugs address pain, whereas others reduce swelling, augment bone structure, or help enhance mobility. Surgery is also an option after Dr. Parikh pursues less-invasive treatment paths.
To explore these and other diagnostic and treatment options for osteoporosis and arthritis, schedule a consultation today.