Arthritis Specialist

E. Martin Maida, MD -  - Internist

E. Martin Maida, MD

Internist & Internal Medicine located in Livingston, NJ

Joint stiffness can make getting out of bed a real pain, and it often comes as a result of arthritis. In fact, 54 million Americans have arthritis. E. Martin Maida, MD, assists arthritis sufferers at his self-titled practice in Livingston, New Jersey. Through comprehensive care and expert treatment. Dr. Maida can help you manage your symptoms efficiently. Call or book an appointment online today.

Arthritis Q & A

What are the different types of arthritis?

While there are multiple types of arthritis, two are the most common in men and women of all ages. They are:

Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis happens when your immune system attacks its own healthy tissues, consequently damaging the bones and joints in your:

  • Feet and ankles
  • Fingers and thumbs
  • Elbows and wrists
  • Knees
  • Shoulders

Osteoarthritis

This type of arthritis occurs when the cartilage at the end of your bones starts to wear away. When that happens, bones begin to rub against each other. Osteoarthritis is typically found in older adults, though injuries and being overweight can lead to getting osteoarthritis at a younger age.

Gout

Another common type of arthritis is called gout. With gout, joints are inflamed because too much uric acid crystallizes and is deposited in them.

Who is more likely to develop arthritis?

In most cases, you’re more likely to develop arthritis if there’s a history of it in your family. Arthritis can also come about as you age since your joints deteriorate the older you get. However, you can be any age and increase your chances of getting arthritis if you are overweight or have a joint injury.

Dr. Maida recommends that you stay clear of foods high in refined sugar. These foods can quickly cause inflammation in your joints. Staying on top of your diet and nutrition can significantly decrease your chances of developing arthritis. 

What are the symptoms of arthritis?

Rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis have many symptoms in the joints that are the same. They include:

  • Tenderness
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Trouble moving
  • Pain

What treatments are available for arthritis?

Dr. Maida will work with you to develop an individualized treatment plan that targets the type of arthritis you have.

Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is not easy to treat. In fact, it can take time to find the right combination of treatments. Dr. Maida might recommend:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Steroids
  • Antirheumatic medicine
  • Antibodies and vaccines
  • Chiropractic care

Osteoarthritis

To treat osteoarthritis, Dr. Maida may suggest anti-inflammatory medications as well as a nutrition plan that’ll help you lose weight to relieve the pressure on your joints.

Gout

If you’re suffering from gout, Dr. Maida will formulate a diet plan to make sure it includes complex carbs, plenty of vitamins and low-fat animal products to decrease your uric acid levels and prevent future outbreaks.

Arthritis doesn’t have to rule your life. Book an appointment online or over the phone with E. Martin Maida, MD and get your mobility back.