Department of Specialty Care

Rheumatology is a field in medicine that diagnoses and treats diseases that affect the joints, tendons, ligaments, bones, and muscles.

Arthritis is a general term for inflammation of the joints. It can affect one or several joints. There are many different types of arthritis, with different causes and treatment approaches. The two most common types are Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Learn more about Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis:

Osteoarthritis (OA), is the most common form of arthritis and is known as “wear and tear” arthritis. It develops as the cartilage that covers the ends of bones breaks down ultimately causing the bones of the joint to grind against each other. This may cause, pain and stiffness and decreased in range of motion. OA most often affects the hands, hips and knees.

Symptoms of OA may include:

  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness
  • Loss of flexibility
  • Grating sensation
Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), is an inflammatory condition that occurs when a patient’s immune system is overactive and attacks healthy tissues. Many autoimmune diseases manifest with inflammation of the synovium, or lining of joints, causing pain and stiffness. However, inflammatory arthritis may also affect the lungs, eyes, skin, connective tissue and other organs. This may cause the patient painful symptoms and potentially lasting damage to the inflamed tissues.

RA may affect the joints of the hands, wrists, feet, shoulders, elbows and ankles.

Symptoms of RA may include:
  • Pain
  • Fatigue
  • Slight fever
  • Weight loss
  • Stiffness
  • Numbness and tingling
  • Loss of flexibility

Hufza Hanif, MD

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Knox Medical Center
1330 Coshocton Avenue
Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050

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When Should I See a Rheumatologist?

Early diagnosis is very important. Arthritis is a progressive condition that causes permanent damage over time. It is possible to slow or arrest the progress of the disease, so please do not hesitate to get medical help.

If you are experiencing joint pain and symptoms described above, please call 740.399.3769, to make an appointment to be examined by our rheumatologist.

We are here to help you manage the symptoms and the disease.

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