Inflammation

Advanced Arthritis Solutions

Margaret Gradzka, M.D.

Rheumatologist located in Fairfax, VA

At Advanced Arthritis Solutions in Fairfax, Virginia, Dr. Margaret Gradzka and her staff specialize in the care and treatment of patients who struggle with joint inflammation. While it can present itself in many different ways, Dr. Gradzka specializes in using both conventional and alternative methods to treat the underlying causes of your inflammation. Call or schedule your appointment using online booking today to get started on your own individualized treatment plan.

Inflammation Q & A

What is inflammation?

Inflammation refers to a process of the immune system when your body attempts to heal itself by sending infection-fighting cells to a part of your body. Inflammation causes redness, swelling, and pain in the area where the infection-fighting cells are present. Under healthy conditions, this process means you’re healing and will be returned to full health.

There are a number of conditions, however, where inflammation and the processes it uses do not result in healing. For some conditions, redness, swelling, and pain are the result of a misdirected immune response. This means that the inflammatory process may actually hurt the body, rather than heal it.

What kind of conditions are caused by misdirected inflammation?

Dr. Gradzka has more than 20 years of experience in the diagnosis and treatment of many disorders that are caused by misdirected inflammation. These conditions can cause both short- and long-term pain, along with other frustrating complications.

Conditions that are commonly caused by misdirected inflammation include:

  • Arthritis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Joint pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Lupus
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Polymyalgia rheumatica
  • Psoriatic arthritis
  • Scleroderma
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Pseudogout
  • Sjogren’s syndrome

These are just some of the inflammatory conditions it’s possible for Dr. Gradzka to treat. She understands that the presentation and cause of joint inflammation is unique to each person. This means that your diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up care will be tailored to fit your needs.

How can inflammation be treated?

Dr. Gradzka’s experience and her knowledge of the most up-to-date studies, techniques, and technologies allows her to pull from many options to create an individualized treatment plan to address your inflammation.

Possible treatments Dr. Gradzka may consider include:

  • Nutritional counseling
  • Nutritional supplementation
  • Medication therapy
  • Steroid therapy
  • Heat/cold therapy
  • Exercise therapy
  • Occupation therapy
  • Massage therapy
  • BioFlex Laser TherapyⓇ
  • HivamatⓇ deep oscillation therapy
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy

Dr. Gradzka knows that fighting an ongoing inflammatory process can be difficult for you. She prides herself in providing compassionate ongoing care, specialized treatment plans, and knowledgeable follow-up if you’re suffering from an inflammatory condition.

To begin working on your individualized treatment plan, call Advanced Arthritis Solutions or schedule an appointment online today.