Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.

How Can I Treat Arthritis?

Tuesday, 14 September 2010 08:59 AM

Question: I have just been diagnosed with arthritis in my right small finger, and I am concerned it will spread. What can I take to keep it from spreading and to ease the joint pain in my finger?

Dr. Hibberd’s Answer:

Arthritis is actually an inflammation of one or many joints. I need additional information to be able to give you specifics, but once the cause of the arthritis is determined, you may prevent other joints from becoming involved by treating the underlying condition.

There are many different types of arthritis. Some affect predominately large joints, while others affect small joints. The most common form of arthritis is degenerative osteoarthritis, and risk rises with age.

While we have medications to relieve pain, we yet have no medications to prevent the onset of osteoarthritis. We have effective medications for progressive inflammatory osteoarthritis, but have yet to find an effective preventive medication for the more common, milder forms. The secret will probably lie in further understanding of what factors trigger arthritis, then finding ways to reverse this aging process.

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