Our specialists help you find ways to reduce pain and keep moving
TruWell Health Arthritis Center | St. Petersburg, FL
Arthritis affects 1 in 3 Americans
Arthritis, meaning joint inflammation, encompasses more than 100 different diseases, most commonly causing pain, stiffness, and swelling in or around the joints. Affecting one in three Americans—old and young alike—this long-term problem can make it difficult to perform daily activities; this disabling can result in psychological as well as physical issues.
The specialists at TruWell Health Arthritis Center, in Downtown St. Petersburg, help you find ways to reduce pain and keep moving.
Most arthritis results from years of accumulated wear and tear on joints, and tends to occur in the elderly in hips, knees, shoulders and finger joints. Other risk factors are obesity, a history of trauma, and various genetic and metabolic diseases. Although arthritis is mainly a disease of adults, children also may have it. It also affects women nearly three times as often as men.
Symptoms of Arthritis
- Joint pain and/or swelling
- Early morning stiffness
- Warmth around a joint
- Redness of the skin around a joint
- Inability to move the joint
- Unexplained weight loss, fever or weakness that occurs with joint pain
TruWell Health’s Dr. Lora Brown is a pioneer in the field of interventional pain medicine. She believes in taking a multidisciplinary approach to every patient right from the start.
To accurately diagnose arthritis, Dr. Brown’s medical team will take a complete medical history, complete a physical examination that evaluates any symptoms, use the latest imaging technology to determine joint damage, and possibly perform other laboratory and blood tests to determine the exact type of arthritis and its severity.
Types of Arthritis
Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis and often the most destructive. It’s a degenerative joint disease, gradually wearing away the cartilage surrounding the joint, that occurs equally in men and women and often appears in athletes who have had many joint injuries in their past. Contributing factors include age, heredity, and excess weight, lack of exercise, and injury or trauma.
The hands, hips, knees, neck, and lower back are often affected by this condition, and, in most cases, just one joint is affected (as opposed to rheumatoid arthritis, where both sides of the joint are affected). However, spinal osteoarthritis is the most common type, presenting symptoms that include debilitating neck and low-back pain, accompanied by tingling and numbness in the arms or legs.
Regardless of the cause, osteoarthritis conditions are often chronic and require good diagnosis and proper posture, daily exercise, and anti-inflammatory medications as part of a good treatment plan. Surgery to repair or replace joints is often necessary in severe cases.
Osteonecrosis, also called avascular necrosis, is a type of arthritic bone disorder that causes decreased blood supply to the affected area. This decreased circulation causes cells in the bone and bone marrow to die, which may cause bones to collapse. When bones are fractured or dislocated, they can block or damage arteries in the area, leading to osteonecrosis. Symptoms include
- Joint stiffness
- Limited motion
Meet Dr. Lora Brown
Fellowship-trained at the Cleveland Clinic, Lora L. Brown, MD is a double board-certified physician, specializing in the minimally invasive, interventional treatment of pain, as well as anti-aging and stem cell therapies.
She was one of the first physicians in the nation to receive her stem cell fellowship through the Metabolic Medical Institute in 2016.
Dr. Brown is a member, and former board member of the Florida Society for Interventional Pain Management Physicians and the American Academy of Anti-Aging. She also served for seven years on the Florida Governor’s Prescription Drug Taskforce.
Dr. Brown earned her medical degree at the University of Texas in San Antonio and has been a practicing physician for over 17 years.