Arthritis

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How can you tell if you’re developing arthritis? What are the types and causes?

Many people think they may have arthritis, but they don’t talk about it with their doctors. Often older adults with joint pain accept it as a part of the aging process. Younger individuals with joint pain, swelling, and stiffness might not consider that arthritis could be the cause of their discomfort.

No matter your age, practicing good joint health is important. If you believe you may be suffering from arthritis, it is best to discuss it as soon as possible with an orthopedic specialist who can work with you to maintain a good quality of life.

Did you know that there are more than 100 types of arthritis and related symptoms? The affliction can manifest in many ways. It can come on gradually and be mild, or it can begin suddenly and cause intense pain. In addition to joint pain, swelling, and stiffness, arthritis may present itself as fatigue or even as a rash.

The most common forms of arthritis are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and gout.

Osteoarthritis is also known as “wear and tear” arthritis and is the most common form of the condition. If you have osteoarthritis, it’s likely that your joint cartilage has broken down over time and you are experiencing joint pain and stiffness. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that impacts the joints. Psoriatic arthritis is also an autoimmune disease that can trigger inflammation, joint pain, stiffness, and red, scaly patches called plaques. Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain condition that causes pain in the nerves throughout the body; individuals with rheumatoid arthritis are more likely to develop fibromyalgia. Gout is a form of inflammatory arthritis characterized by recurrent attacks of a red, tender, hot, and swollen joints; gout pain typically comes on rapidly.

Treatments for arthritis include medication, natural therapies such as hot and cold compresses, electrical stimulation and massage, supplements and herbs, vitamins and minerals, and in some cases, joint surgery.

Start by making an appointment with an orthopedic specialist to talk with your doctor and see whether your symptoms may be attributable to a form of arthritis.

Signature Medical Group’s practitioners are board-certified orthopedic surgeons whose expertise, experience, and leadership in their profession translate into exceptional medical care and treatment for you.

If you live in St. Louis or Kansas City and would like to know more about treatment for arthritis, make an appointment for an evaluation with one of our board-certified orthopedic specialists today.

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Doctors

Listed below are Signature Medical Group physicians who diagnose and treat this condition.

Robert P. Bruce, MD

Robert P. Bruce

Overland Park, KS

  • Orthopedics
  • Hip and Knee
  • Joint Replacement
  • Shoulder and Elbow
  • Sports Medicine

Mark S. Box, MD

Mark S. Box

Kansas City, MO

  • Rheumatology

Robert H. Sigmund, MD

Robert H. Sigmund

St. Louis, MO

  • Orthopedics
  • Hip and Knee
  • Joint Replacement
  • Shoulder and Elbow
  • Sports Medicine

Christine C. Piper, MD

Christine C. Piper

O'Fallon, MO

  • Orthopedics
  • Shoulder and Elbow

Nivedita Nagam, MD

Nivedita Nagam

Chesterfield, MO

  • Rheumatology
  • Internal Medicine

Suzanne G. Elton, MD

Suzanne G. Elton

Overland Park, KS

  • Orthopedics
  • Hand and Wrist
  • Shoulder and Elbow

Jeffrey S. Boberg, DPM

Jeffrey S. Boberg

O'Fallon, MO

  • Podiatry
  • Foot and Ankle

Ashok Kumar, MD

Ashok Kumar

St. Louis, MO

  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Spine

Nicholas B. Wilson, MD

Nicholas B. Wilson

O'Fallon, MO

  • Orthopedics
  • Joint Replacement

Nathanael S. Olson, DO

Nathanael S. Olson

St. Louis, MO

  • Hand and Wrist
  • Orthopedics

R. Peter Mirkin, MD

R. Peter Mirkin

St. Louis, MO

  • Orthopedics
  • Spine

Radmila Samardzija, DPM

Radmila Samardzija

Kansas City, KS

  • Podiatry
  • Foot and Ankle

Amy M. Zippay, MD

Amy M. Zippay

St. Louis, MO

  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Spine

Kenneth (Buck) S. Smith, MD

Kenneth (Buck) S. Smith

St. Louis, MO

  • Orthopedics
  • Foot and Ankle
  • Sports Medicine
  • Trauma

J. Clinton Walker, MD

J. Clinton Walker

Overland Park, KS

  • Orthopedics
  • Hand and Wrist
  • Shoulder and Elbow

James E. Schaberg, MD

James E. Schaberg

O'Fallon, MO

  • Orthopedics
  • Hip and Knee
  • Joint Replacement
  • Shoulder and Elbow
  • Sports Medicine

Atul T. Patel, MD

Atul T. Patel

Overland Park, KS

  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Kevin J. Quigley, MD

Kevin J. Quigley

O'Fallon, MO

  • Orthopedics
  • Hand and Wrist
  • Hip and Knee
  • Shoulder and Elbow
  • Sports Medicine
  • Trauma

John S. Bleazard, DO

John S. Bleazard

Overland Park, KS

  • Orthopedics
  • Foot and Ankle
  • Hip and Knee
  • Joint Replacement

Robert G. Medler, MD

Robert G. Medler

St. Louis, MO

  • Orthopedics
  • Foot and Ankle
  • Hip and Knee
  • Joint Replacement
  • Pediatric Orthopedics
  • Shoulder and Elbow
  • Sports Medicine
  • Trauma

Stephen V. Hiatt, MD

Stephen V. Hiatt

Overland Park, KS

  • Orthopedics
  • Hand and Wrist
  • Shoulder and Elbow
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Locations

St. Louis Medical Associates

St. Louis Medical Associates
16216 Baxter Rd.
Suite 390
Chesterfield, MO 63017
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314-270-0365

Kansas City Bone & Joint Clinic – Lee’s Summit

Kansas City Bone & Joint Clinic – Lee’s Summit
3151 NE Carnegie Drive
Suite B
Lee's Summit, MO 64064
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913-381-5225

Associated Podiatrists – Shawnee

Associated Podiatrists – Shawnee
7255 Renner Road
Suite 100
Shawnee, KS 66217
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913-321-0522

Signature Orthopedics - Tesson Ferry Spine

Signature Orthopedics - Tesson Ferry Spine
12122 Tesson Ferry Road
Suite 100
St. Louis, MO 63128
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314-849-0808

Associated Podiatrists – Belton

Associated Podiatrists – Belton
17067 South Outer Road
Suite 200
Belton, MO 64012
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913-321-0522

Signature Orthopedics - O'Fallon

Signature Orthopedics - O'Fallon
9323 Phoenix Village Pkwy
Winghaven
O'Fallon, MO 63368
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636-561-0871

Kansas City Bone & Joint Clinic

Kansas City Bone & Joint Clinic
10701 Nall Avenue
Suite 200
Overland Park, KS 66211
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913-381-5225

Associated Podiatrists – Leavenworth

Associated Podiatrists – Leavenworth
3550 S. 4th Street
Suite 282
Leavenworth, KS 66048
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913-321-0522

Signature Orthopedics - Fenton

Signature Orthopedics - Fenton
1011 Bowles Avenue
Suite 100
Fenton, MO 63026
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314-849-0311

Signature Orthopedics - South County

Signature Orthopedics - South County
12639 Old Tesson Road
Suites 100 and 115
St. Louis, MO 63128
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314-849-0311

Formerly Premier Care Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

Carondelet Rheumatology

Carondelet Rheumatology
1010 Carondelet Dr
#224A
Kansas City, MO 64114
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913-563-6644

Signature Orthopedics - St. Peters

Signature Orthopedics - St. Peters
112 Piper Hill Drive
Suite 6
St. Peters, MO 63376
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636-561-5037

Associated Podiatrists

Associated Podiatrists
8919 Parallel Parkway
Suite 550
Kansas City, KS 66112
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913-321-0522