Arthritis Specialist

Frank Jircik, MD

Internists located in Burleson, TX

Dr. Frank Jircik and his staff offer individualized treatment plans to their patients who suffer from arthritis and other painful conditions. The doctor serves residents who live in the Burleson, Texas area.

Arthritis Q & A

How is Arthritis Treated?

Arthritis is treated in many ways. Anti-inflammatories are commonly used to eliminate the inflammation that can collect around the joint, causing pain and discomfort. Chronic arthritis pain is often treated through the use of over the counter pain medications. Exercise and physical therapy may also be used to help keep the joints flexible and maintain as much range of motion as possible. Swimming and walking are two exercises that can help to keep joints moving freely without adding excess stress or weight. Another way of treating arthritis is through the diet. Including foods that are rich in the nutrients that are required for good bone and joint health will help to strengthen and repair the joints.

Will Exercise Help to Control the Pain of Arthritis?

Exercise is extremely helpful in controlling the pain and discomfort of arthritis. The key is to remain as active as possible without placing unnecessary stress and strain on the joints. Swimming is one of the best exercises for patients who suffer from arthritis. Exercising in water uses only the amount of resistance supplied by the body. The resistance of the water as the body moves helps to strengthen the joint, while the moisture helps to soothe the pain and discomfort. Walking and stretching are also beneficial forms of exercise for arthritis sufferers. Walking improves circulation and strengthens the heart, while stretching expands the joints, making it possible for the blood to circulate more freely throughout the body.

What are Common Symptoms of Arthritis?

Common arthritis symptoms include increased warmth near the joint, chronic pain in the joint, and inflammation throughout the entire area. With rheumatoid arthritis, the scar tissue will begin to form at the joints, causing them to look bigger and more gnarled than normal. Patients may also experience redness around the joint. Pain can be mild to severe, sometimes described as a dull ache, while other times can be stabbing and sharp. If the joint is inflamed, a decrease in the joint's range of motion or flexibility may be noted. If a person reduces their level of activity, the joint may become stiff and more prone to pain and inflammation. Remaining active can prevent the stiffness and help to reduce pain levels.