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Arthritis Specialist

Valdosta Specialty Clinic

Rheumatology & Endocrinology located in Valdosta, GA

Around 63 million Americans have arthritis today. At Valdosta Specialty Clinic in Valdosta, Georgia, the caring experts empathize with the difficulties of arthritis. They offer practical strategies for controlling symptoms and preventing disease progression, no matter what kind of arthritis you have. To find out how they can help, schedule an appointment online or call the office today.

Arthritis Q&A

What is arthritis?

Arthritis is a disease that causes joint inflammation and pain. It's one of the most common causes of chronic pain among American adults. 

Untreated arthritis can cause functional disability and reduced quality of life, so Valdosta Specialty Clinic offers evidence-based solutions to help you maintain function and good health despite your arthritis.

What are the different forms of arthritis?

With more than 100 forms, the word "arthritis" can refer to many conditions. The most common types of arthritis include:


Osteoarthritis occurs with wear-and-tear damage to joint cartilage, the slick material that covers the bones of your joints. As a result, the bones can rub together when you move your joints, causing serious pain and stiffness.

Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis occurs when your immune system destroys the tissue lining of your joints. It may also affect other tissues, including your organs. Rheumatoid arthritis causes inflammation and pain, typically on both sides of your body, and may lead to joint deformity over time.

Psoriatic arthritis

Psoriatic arthritis may affect people with a skin disorder called psoriasis. It can cause the same symptoms as rheumatoid arthritis, though 85% of people with psoriatic arthritis have symptoms on only one side of their body. 

There are many other types of arthritis, including those less obvious, such as fibromyalgia, lupus, and scleroderma. 

What are the signs of arthritis?

Arthritis symptoms can vary with each form of the disease. General symptoms to watch for include changes in your joints, such as:

  • Tenderness
  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Warmth
  • Weakness

In some types of arthritis, you may have additional symptoms like fever and chronic fatigue. If you suspect arthritis based on your symptoms, it’s important to see the Valdosta Specialty Clinic experts as soon as possible.

How is arthritis treated?

At Valdosta Specialty Clinic, arthritis treatment focuses on good symptoms management and preventing further joint damage. 

Depending on the kind of arthritis and your symptoms, your treatment may involve lifestyle changes, medication, and physical therapy, along with other approaches that help you to stay mobile and healthy. 

Arthritis treatment options continually evolve, and the Valdosta Specialty Clinic specialists stay up-to-date with the latest developments, so you get the most effective arthritis relief. 

If you need arthritis help, schedule an appointment online or call Valdosta Specialty Clinic today.