More than 50 million adults suffer from arthritis, and if you’re one of many needing medical help to cope with the pain, Shubi Shahida, MD, can help. At her internal medicine practice in Smithfield, North Carolina, Dr. Shahida offers comprehensive diagnostics for different types of arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. End arthritis pain today with a consultation at Dr. Shahida’s internal medicine practice. Call for an appointment or book your visit online.
There are several types of arthritis that can cause long-term symptoms and challenges. The most common types of arthritis Dr. Shahida treats include:
Inflammatory arthritis is a condition that results from immune system dysfunction. This dysfunction causes your body to mistakenly attack healthy joints.
As a result, your joints become inflamed and painful. Over time, you may also suffer from deterioration and you may develop damage to your organs. Psoriatic and rheumatoid arthritis are examples of this condition.
A condition that causes the cartilage cushioning on the end of your bones to wear away, resulting in chronic pain and joint stiffness. Osteoarthritis is the most common type of degenerative arthritis.
Gout is a common form of metabolic arthritis, resulting from a buildup of uric acid found naturally in your cells. This acid forms sharp crystals that cause severe joint pain, leading to difficulty moving and long-term disability.
This is a condition resulting from a bacterial, viral, or fungal infection in the joint that causes inflammation. The inflamed joints are painful but, in some cases, this type of arthritis can be resolved with antibiotics. However, there is a risk the infection can turn into chronic arthritis.
In many cases, Dr. Shahida can determine if you have arthritis based on your symptoms and family history. She may order diagnostic testing to rule out other medical issues before confirming arthritis.
During your evaluation, you can expect a thorough physical examination of the affected area. Dr. Shahida may also recommend blood work or imaging tests, like X-rays, to confirm a diagnosis.
The goal of Dr. Shahida’s custom treatment plan is to preserve joint functionality for as long as possible. She also works to improve your quality of life, despite chronic pain.
In many cases, Dr. Shahida works with you to develop a healthy diet and exercise plan to nourish your body and keep your joints flexible. This can prevent a worsening of your condition and symptoms.
If pain becomes overwhelming, Dr. Shahida can provide a prescription or over-the-counter medications to reduce inflammation and help you feel more comfortable.
Other treatment options are available based on your needs and the type of arthritis you have.
Find effective relief from arthritis symptoms by calling Dr. Shahida’s internal medicine office or by using the online booking feature.