Arthritis

Advanced Arthritis Solutions

Margaret Gradzka, M.D.

Rheumatologist located in Fairfax, VA

More than 50 million Americans suffer from the joint pain of arthritis. If you’re among this number, Dr. Margaret Gradzka at Advanced Arthritis Solutions in Fairfax, Virginia, has 20 years of experience in the care and treatment of arthritis. There are many different causes and treatment options for this painful and often life-altering condition, so your treatment needs to be individualized and specific to your needs. For personalized arthritis care, call or book your appointment online today.

Arthritis Q & A

What is arthritis?

Dr. Gradzka and the team at Advanced Arthritis Solutions specialize in the care of arthritis, which is when your joints become inflamed. This inflammation of the tissue in your joints causes pain, swelling, stiffness, and sometimes leads to a decreased ability to move the affected joint freely.

These symptoms can be found in any of your joints, from small joints like your fingers and toes to larger joints like your hip. Depending on the area where you’re experiencing the joint pain of arthritis, you may find the condition has a wide range of possible debilitating effects.

Arthritis is the leading cause of chronic pain and the most common type of chronic illness in the United States. There are around 100 different types of arthritis, with the two most prevalent being osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

What causes arthritis?

Arthritis is caused by one of two different types of damage to a joint.

In the case of osteoarthritis, arthritis is caused by wear and tear on the joint itself. This is often why arthritis can worsen with age. As the cartilage breaks down over time, it causes the bones to rub against each other and the tissues in the joints to become red, inflamed, and painful.

The other main type of joint damage, rheumatoid arthritis, occurs when the tissue in your joints is attacked by your immune system. This is an autoimmune problem that causes the lining of your joints to become inflamed, swollen, and painful.

Most cases of arthritis fall into one of these two categories, and your condition is treated accordingly.

How is arthritis treated?

Dr. Gradzka uses the most up-to-date techniques and treatments to help relieve your arthritis pain, regardless of its cause. Advanced Arthritis Solutions offers a wide range of traditional and alternative treatments to help with both the pain associated with this disorder.

Your personalized plan may include a combination of treatments for the best long-term management of your arthritis. Some of the treatment options that Dr. Gradzka may utilize when making an individualized plan for you include:

  • Nutritional counseling
  • Nutritional supplements
  • Medication therapy
  • Massage therapy
  • Exercise therapy
  • Heat/cold treatments
  • HivamatⓇ deep oscillation therapy
  • BioFlex Laser TherapyⓇ

To create a personalized plan for managing your arthritis, call or book an appointment online with Dr. Gradzka today.