Rheumatology / Arthritis

Several different diseases cause painful muscles and joints. Some conditions are caused by inflammation, while others are due to aging and wear and tear.

It sometimes takes a while to determine exactly what is causing your problem. As a first step, Dr. Mangi will perform a careful history and examination of your muscles and joints. He will usually also order blood tests and x-rays.

While modern medical science cannot cure most types of arthritis, there are a variety of medications that are effective in controlling symptoms. Dr. Mangi will recommend various drugs to see what works best for you. This initial treatment is a trial process and must be tailored for each individual. It make take several months to find the best choice for you. Many of the medications have significant potential side effects and should be given under controlled conditions. Please be certain to understand these side effects and report any problems to Dr. Mangi.