Arthritis Specialist

Janet Sanchez, MD -  - Internal Medicine

Janet Sanchez, MD

Internal Medicine located in Elmhurst, NY

One of the leading causes of disability in the United States, arthritis causes stiff, aching, and sometimes swollen joints. Janet Sanchez, MD, treats patients in Elmhurst, New York, seeking relief from the inflammation and pain associated with arthritis. Dr. Sanchez can help you recover a full range of motion and ease of movement in your body once again. Call for an appointment online to get started.

Arthritis Q & A

What causes arthritis?

The two most common types of arthritis are rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. These conditions develop from various causes and are treatable with different methods.

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis, which is the most common form of arthritis, develops when normal wear and tear, age, or an injury to a specific area damage your joints. As cartilage wears down, your bones rub against each other, causing inflammation.

You’re more likely to develop arthritis if you have a family history of the condition, if you’ve sustained an injury to one of your joints, or if you are obese, as excess weight puts pressure on your joints.

Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune condition in which the lining of your joints, called the synovial membrane, is damaged. When the integrity of this lining is compromised, it creates inflammation in the joints and weakens cartilage.

How do I know if I have arthritis?

Usually, people who have arthritis have some common symptoms, including:

  • Pain and stiffness
  • Redness or swelling in the joints
  • Difficulty with range of motion
  • Trouble getting comfortable when sleeping or standing up straight

Arthritis can also cause sensitivity or pain with temperature changes ― many people experience worsening symptoms in cold weather. If you have arthritis in your hands, it may also cause knobby fingers or difficulty with tasks that require agile movements like writing or typing.

How is osteoarthritis treated?

If you have osteoarthritis, Dr. Sanchez can usually treat it with standard therapies that help to relieve pain and reduce inflammation. These methods include:

  • Heat or cold therapy
  • Physical therapy or strength-building exercises
  • Over-the-counter pain relievers

Sometimes dietary changes to reduce the consumption of inflammatory foods can also help with symptoms of osteoarthritis.

How is rheumatoid arthritis treated?

If you have rheumatoid arthritis, Dr. Sanchez can combine some of the treatments used for osteoarthritis with specific disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs).

Since RA is an immune-based condition, the goal is to help your body regulate its immune response and not attack healthy tissue or joints.

To end your joint pain today and discover a new freedom in your body, call for an appointment with Dr. Sanchez today.