Arthritis Specialist

Rita Koshinski, DO

Internal Medicine & Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases Physician located in Monterey, CA

More than 50 million Americans suffer from arthritis, and it’s the leading cause of disability among adults in the United States. Dr. Rita Koshinski at Rita S. Koshinski DO Primary Care in Monterey, California, provides both traditional and alternative treatments to help reduce the pain and discomfort caused by arthritis. To discuss treatment options, call the office today or schedule an appointment online.

Arthritis

What is arthritis?

Arthritis causes pain, stiffness, and inflammation in one or more of your joints and generally gets worse as you get older. Arthritis may potentially affect anyone at any age, but it’s more common in women.

Common symptoms of arthritis include:

  • Pain and joint stiffness
  • Joint swelling or redness
  • Limited range of motion

Some people may also develop body aches and feel sick all over.

Currently, there is no cure for arthritis, and the goal of treatment is to reduce your pain and symptoms to improve your quality of life.

What are the types of arthritis?

Because there are several different types of arthritis, knowing the type of arthritis you have helps Dr. Koshinski target her treatment.

Osteoarthritis

Caused by the wear and tear that damages your cartilage, osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis.

Rheumatoid arthritis

An autoimmune disorder, rheumatoid arthritis causes the lining of the synovial fluid that cushions your joints to become inflamed. This is the second-most common type of arthritis.

Gout

This condition involves the buildup of uric acid crystals — a byproduct of a substance found in items such as beer and anchovies — in certain joints such as your toes or ankles, leading to inflammation and pain.

Fibromyalgia

If you have fibromyalgia, it causes intense, widespread pain that may make movement difficult.

How is arthritis treated?

Treatment for arthritis varies and may depend on the cause. Dr. Koshinski may focus on reducing pain and inflammation as the first step in helping manage your arthritis. This may include over-the-counter pain relievers and anti-inflammatories.

Dr. Koshinski may also recommend ointments and supplements to help improve joint pain, such as capsaicin creams, fish oil, or glucosamine.

To improve mobility and strength around your inflamed joint, Dr. Koshinski might suggest physical therapy.

If medication and physical therapy fail to improve your pain, surgery may be necessary.

What can I do at home to improve arthritis pain?

You may also be able to relieve pain at home using hot and cold compresses on your inflamed joints. Getting regular exercise might also improve movement and reduce arthritic pain and stiffness.

If you’re carrying extra weight, Dr. Koshinski recommends a healthy diet that promotes weight loss to relieve joint stress and pain.

For traditional and alternative treatments for your arthritis pain, call Rita S. Koshinski DO Primary Care in Monterey, California, or use online booking to schedule an appointment today.