Conditions we treat include:

Ankylosing Spondylitis
Bursitis and Tendonitis

Fibromyalgia
Gout
Joint Pain
Osteoarthritis
Osteoporosis
Pseudogout
Psoriatic Arthritis
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Scleroderma
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
Vasculitis

Gout

Gout is a type of arthritis that comes on suddenly. It is extremely painful with swelling, stiffness and tenderness and often affects the big toe. Men get gout more often than women and it is due to an accumulation of excessive uric acid in the blood. Uric acid crystals form and accumulate in the joints causing inflammation.

Your chance of getting gout is higher if you are overweight, drink too much, eat too much meat or shell fish, take water pills or have kidney problems.

Anti-inflammatory medications are used to treat an attack that you have now and can make you feel better. Taking low dose aspirin can raise your uric acid level and make gout worse. Sometimes steroids, in the form of a pill or directly injected into your joint, are also used to give quick pain relief. To prevent future attacks, your doctor can prescribe a medicine to lower your uric acid levels. Most patients who have frequent attacks of gout have to take daily medicine for the rest of their lives to keep their disease well-controlled.

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