Arthritis Specialist

International Medical Clinics (IMC)

Family Medicine & OBGYNs located in Atlanta, GA

Arthritis is the leading cause of disability among American adults, with roughly 54 million adults having a confirmed arthritis diagnosis. At International Medical Clinics (IMC) in Atlanta, you can receive comprehensive arthritis treatments designed to resolve pain and help improve your quality of life. If you have arthritic joints, book an exam online today, or call the clinic to speak with a team member.

Arthritis Q & A

Why do I have arthritis?

Arthritis is a chronic condition that leads to inflammation or deterioration of your joints. Not only can this lead to joint stiffness and pain, but it can also increase your risk of permanent joint damage and deformities. 

Although arthritis is most commonly associated with wear-and-tear because of older age — this is known as osteoarthritis — you can also develop arthritis due to:

  • Autoimmune disease (rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Uric acid buildup (gouty arthritis)
  • Injury (post-traumatic arthritis)
  • Infection (septic arthritis)

Your risk of suffering from arthritis also increases if you have psoriasis. This is known as psoriatic arthritis.

When should I see a doctor for arthritis?

The medical team at IMC encourage you to come in for an evaluation at the first sign of arthritis symptoms or if you have an arthritis diagnosis and your treatment plan just isn’t providing relief. You should schedule an arthritis evaluation if you experience any of these issues in your joints:

  • Limited range of motion
  • Burning or stabbing pains
  • Swelling or tenderness
  • Warmth or redness
  • Stiffness 

You should also book an arthritis exam quickly if your flare-up is so severe, you’re having difficulty bearing weight on a foot or ankle or feel like you can’t grip anything with your hands. 

The compassionate team at IMC is available to help you get relief from symptoms, no matter how minor or tolerable they may seem. 

What is the treatment for arthritis?

Your arthritis treatment plan from IMC is entirely tailored to you and your symptoms. It’s important to intervene early to get your symptoms under control and delay the progression of arthritis since no cure exists. Treating arthritis can include:

  • Physical therapy 
  • Activity modifications 
  • Topical numbing creams 
  • Corticosteroid injections or pills 
  • Analgesic medications, such as acetaminophen 
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs)

The expert physicians at IMC are dedicated to helping you find just the right arthritis treatment to help you get back to doing the things you enjoy, without being limited by joint pain. 

Before living another day with arthritis pain, see how the team at IMC can help. Book your arthritis evaluation either online or over the phone.