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Arthritis Specialist

Lynx Healthcare Services

Arthritis is a degenerative group of conditions that primarily affects your joints. As the condition worsens, so does your mobility, in most cases. At Lynx Healthcare in Spokane Valley, Kennewick, and Richland, Washington, the team can diagnose arthritis in its early stages using bone scans and can treat you according to the type and severity of your arthritis. To explore arthritis treatments and services in greater detail, call Lynx Healthcare, or book an appointment online today.

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Arthritis Specialist

Lynx Healthcare Services

Arthritis Q & A

What is arthritis?

Arthritis is a group of conditions that cause joint pain and inflammation. Over time, it can lead to immobility, causing difficulties for sleep, productivity, and activity levels. Most forms of arthritis primarily affect the smooth cartilage within your joints that prevents your bones from grating together. 

Of the more than 100 forms of arthritis, these are the two most common:

Rheumatoid arthritis 

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease in which your immune system attacks the tissues within your joints as if they were harmful to your health. It mostly affects the joints in your hands and feet, but it can also develop in your hips, knees, and elbows.

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is the gradual wear and tear damage that accumulates on the cartilage in your joints. When your bones start to rub together, you can develop painful bone spurs. This condition can affect any or all of your joints but is most severe in weight-bearing joints like your spine, hips, or knees.

How is arthritis diagnosed?

The first step in diagnosing arthritis is a thorough physical examination. The Lynx Healthcare team assesses your range of motion in your affected joints, their stability, and their strength. After the physical exam, they often use blood tests and imaging tests to determine which type of arthritis you have and assess the extent of the damage. 

If you have some joint damage that isn’t significant enough to show up on an X-ray image yet, the team might use a bone scan to better understand the extent of the damage. In order to perform a bone scan, they inject you with a small dose of a radioactive substance. Once in your system, it builds up in areas of damage so that it’s visible on the bone scan imaging test.

What are my treatment options for arthritis?

Most cases of arthritis are manageable without surgery. Usually, the first step in treatment is to rest the joints and use medications to relieve swelling and pain. If you need further treatment, the team at Lynx Healthcare might recommend:

  • Cortisone injections
  • Knee viscosupplementation (HYALGAN®)
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Stretching and exercise
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections

If your arthritis has progressed to the point that non-surgical treatments don’t make much difference, surgery may be necessary. In one type of surgery for arthritis called a synovectomy, a surgeon removes the inner lining of the joint called the synovium. 

Other surgical procedures involve bone realignment or joint fusing to prevent rubbing and irritation. Joint replacement is also possible in some cases. 

Conditions we treat.

You don’t have to live your life in pain. Let us help you get back to enjoying the things you love to do again.

  • Back Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Facial Pain
  • Joint Pain
  • Head Pain
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Knee Pain
  • Nerve Pain
  • Sports Injuries
  • Vertebral Compression Fractures
  • Chronic Pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
  • Neuropathy
  • Post-Surgery Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Arthritis
  • Migraines
  • Herniated Disc

Treatments we provide.

We offer a variety of cutting-edge treatment options to treat a wide range of pain conditions.

  • Regenerative Medicine
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Epidurals
  • Radiofrequency Ablation
  • Addiction Medicine
  • Opioid Therapy Management
  • Interventional Pain Medicine
  • Telehealth
  • Behavioral Health

About Lynx Healthcare.

We are a multi-disciplinary group that is changing the face of in person and telehealth health care.

Lynx Healthcare is a multi-disciplinary group that is dedicated to building and linking health centers in a way that creates more in house services than other healthcare providers.

Lynx Healthcare currently consists of multiple treatment centers, providing the highest quality care throughout Washington, Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming. Lynx Healthcare covers a wide variety of specialties.

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