Rheumatology Center of New Jersey
Rheumatologists located in Princeton, Somerville, Flemington and Monroe, NJ
There are over 100 forms of arthritis, which can be debilitating if not treated properly. The board-certified team of rheumatologists at the Rheumatology Center of New Jersey can help ease the pain associated with arthritis that’s hindering your quality of life. They offer state-of-the-art arthritis treatment solutions that can even slow disease progression. Call to schedule an appointment or book online today at their Monroe, Somerville, or Flemington, New Jersey location to learn more.
Arthritis Q & A
What is arthritis?
Arthritis is a joint disorder that causes inflammation, joint deterioration, joint pain, and stiffness. It commonly affects your knees, fingers, hips, and feet. While over 100 forms of arthritis exist, the two main types are rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory autoimmune disease that happens when your body’s immune system attacks the lining of your joints. Osteoarthritis causes deterioration of cartilage, which is the material that protects the ends of your bones and cushions joints.
What are the symptoms of arthritis?
Regardless of the form of arthritis you have, common symptoms include:
- Joint stiffness
- Joint pain
- Decreased range of motion
- Joint swelling
- Pain after activity, or at the end of the day
- Cracking or clicking sounds when joints move
What are the risk factors for arthritis?
Anyone can develop arthritis, but you have a higher risk of doing so if you:
- Are a woman (for rheumatoid arthritis)
- Are a man (for gout)
- Have a family history of arthritis
- Have a previous joint injury
- Are obese
- Over the age of 65
How is arthritis diagnosed?
During your appointment at the Rheumatology Center of New Jersey, your doctor reviews your medical history, completes a physical examination, and orders tests to determine if you have arthritis and make a diagnosis.
Tests that are used to diagnose arthritis include:
- CT (computerized tomography)
- MRIs (magnetic resonance imaging)
- Musculoskeletal ultrasounds (MSKUS)
How is arthritis treated?
The treatment you’ll receive at the Rheumatology Center of New Jersey depends on the type of arthritis you have, and the severity of your condition. You may receive:
- Medication infusions/injections to ease arthritis symptoms and delay disease progression
- Joint injections to restore fluid, lubricate joints, and relieve pain
- PRP therapy injections to alleviate pain, reduce inflammation, and promote joint healing
o find out if your pain is due to arthritis, or to get relief for your arthritis symptoms and slow disease progression, call the Rheumatology Center of New Jersey to book an appointment or use the online scheduling tool.