Center for Integrative and Holistic Medicine
Rubina Azam, MD, FAAP, ABIHM
Integrative Holistic Medicine located in Panama City, FL
Having arthritis pain and stiffness can interfere with your ability to do everyday tasks and enjoy your favorite activities. Although surgery is a treatment option for chronic pain, it comes with some significant risks. At the Center for Integrative and Holistic Medicine in Panama City, Florida, the medical team led by board-certified integrative and holistic medicine physician, Rubina Azam, MD, offers noninvasive treatment options for patients who deal with chronic discomfort from arthritis. These treatments can help improve your quality of life.
Arthritis Q & A
What are the symptoms of arthritis?
When you have arthritis, you might have any of the following symptoms. Keep in mind that these symptoms typically get more severe as you age:
- Pain and soreness in your joints
- Stiff joints and a loss of flexibility
- Redness in the affected joints
- Swollen joints
Dr. Azam assesses the severity of your arthritis symptoms to determine the type of arthritis you may have.
What causes arthritis?
That depends on the type of arthritis you have.
If you have osteoarthritis, which is the most common type, the cartilage on the ends of your joint bones wears away. That causes these bones to slide against each other roughly rather than smoothly, which leads to inflammation.
If you have rheumatoid arthritis, your immune system mistakenly attacks the lining in your joints, resulting in pain and stiffness.
Am I at risk of arthritis?
Anyone can get arthritis, but you might have a higher risk of it if you have at least one risk factor. These include the following:
- Having a family history of arthritis
- Being older, since the risk of arthritis increases as you age
- Having joint injuries in the past
- Being overweight, which puts more strain on your joints
Sometimes certain working conditions that involve repetitive motions and excessive heavy lifting may put too much stress on your joints and also cause you to develop arthritis.
How do integrative medicine specialists treat arthritis?
Integrative medicine specialists focus on helping you achieve ongoing relief from arthritis pain through lifestyle changes, massage therapy, chiropractic care, and other forms of treatment.
Dr. Azam is a board-certified integrative medicine specialist who can create a treatment plan for you based on the results of your evaluation.
What are the benefits of noninvasive treatment for arthritis?
Noninvasive treatments have fewer risks than surgical procedures. There’s no downtime involved afterward, and you don’t have to worry about tissue damage, excess bleeding, infections, and other complications.
Dr. Azam and her team at the Center for Integrative and Holistic Medicine will determine if these treatments are right for your condition. If you need treatment for arthritis, contact Dr. Azam at the Center for Integrative and Holistic Medicine to schedule an appointment.