Arthritis Clinics Rutherfordton NC

Local resource for arthritis clinics in Rutherfordton. Includes detailed information on local clinics that provide access to arthritis treatment, as well as advice and content on what arthritis is, how it affects the joints and cartilage in your body, and what you can do to avoid or ease arthritis pain.

James Medical Clinic
(828) 657-5371
Highway 221 A
Caroleen, NC
Specialty
Rural Health Clinic

Rutherford East Medical Services
(828) 453-0703
605 Nc 120 Hwy
Mooresboro, NC
Specialty
Rural Health Clinic

Virginia Kraus
(919) 620-4467
2100 Erwin Rd
Durham, NC
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Marc LeVesque
(919) 620-4467
2100 Erwin Rd
Durham, NC
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Marc C Levesque, MD
(919) 684-5093
113 Simerville Rd
Chapel Hill, NC
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Yale Univ Sch Of Med, New Haven Ct 06510
Graduation Year: 1989

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Lake Lure Area Medical Services
(828) 625-8208
129 Whitney Boulevard
Lake Lure, NC
Specialty
Rural Health Clinic

Douglas Lee Metcalf, MD
(336) 768-6161
1900 S Hawthorne Rd Ste 652
Winston Salem, NC
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Bowman Gray Sch Of Med Of Wake Forest Univ, Winston-Salem Nc 27157
Graduation Year: 1976

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Duncan A McCall
(704) 873-7850
766 Hartness Rd
Statesville, NC
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Alireza Nami
(704) 377-1216
332 Lillington Ave
Charlotte, NC
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Randal Earl White, MD
(252) 752-6101
1850 W Arlington Blvd
Greenville, NC
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Wv Univ Sch Of Med, Morgantown Wv 26506
Graduation Year: 1980

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Inflammatory Arthritis of the Hip

In order to understand this condition it is important to understand the anatomy and function of the hip. Please read Hip Pain Info's section on the anatomy of the hip .

The word arthritis means inflammation (swelling) of a joint. There are many different types of arthritis but there are two main categories: inflammatory arthritis and osteoarthritis.

Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis in the hip. In osteoarthritis the inflammation of the hip is due to wearing away of the smooth coating (the articular cartilage) that covers the surfaces of the bones inside the hip.

Inflammatory arthritis is different than osteoarthritis. In inflammatory arthritis, the joint lining becomes inflamed and this irritates the joint. Unfortunately, someone with an inflammatory arthritis that involves the hip is at risk of eventually developing osteoarthritis of the hip.

Two common types of inflammatory arthritis that affect the hip are Rheumatoid Arthritis and Ankylosing Spondylitis.

Rheumatoid Arthritis is a disease of the immune system. Multiple joints on both sides of the body can be affected at the same time.

Ankylosing Spondylitis is a disease that results in chronic (long standing) inflammation of the spine and the sacroiliac joint (where the spine and the pelvis attach). Ankylosing Spondylitis can cause inflammation in other joints including the hip joint.

The treatment of inflammatory arthritis of the hip depends on the type and the severity. Most types of tre...

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Osteoarthritis of the Hip

What is osteoarthritis?

The word arthritis means inflammation (swelling) of a joint. Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis and results in the joint "wearing out" over time. For this reason, osteoarthritis is also called "wear and tear" arthritis.

What is osteoarthritis of the hip?

Articular cartilage covers the surface of the bones inside the hip. Articular cartilage is very smooth and it also cushions the joint surfaces. Over time the articular cartilage can thin or form cracks. Tiny pieces of cartilage may come loose, float inside the hip and irritate the joint. In some cases the cartilage can become completely "worn away" and the bones begin to rub together.

What does osteoarthritis of the hip feel like?

Osteoarthritis usually comes on slowly and results in pain and stiffness in the hip. Sometimes pain is felt further down the leg. Osteoarthritis does not always cause pain. The hip can have a mild amount of osteoarthritis and feel perfectly fine.

How is osteoarthritis of the hip detected?

Most types of treatment for osteoarthritis of the hip work best when started early, before there is a lot of "wear and tear". For this reason establishing a correct diagnosis is very important. In most cases osteoarthritis of the hip can be diagnosed based on the medical history, physical examination and an x-ray of the affected hip.

What causes osteoarthritis of the hip?

No one knows for sure what causes osteoarthritis of the hip to develop but some risk factors include:

  • Increasing age
  • Family history of osteoarthritis
  • Previous hip injury or fracture (broken bone)
  • Damage to the hip from another type of arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis or gout
  • Being overweight

What is the treatment for osteoarthritis of the hip?

Every osteoarthritic hip is different. There should be a team approach to treatment. Treatment options include exercises to improve range of motion and strength, medications to relieve pain and swelling, education on activity modification, weight loss, injections and in some cases surgery. Doctors and Physical Therapists that deal with people that have osteoarthritis can help outline a treatment program.

Is there a cure for osteoarthritis of the hip?

A lot can be done to help people who have osteoarthritis ...

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