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Arthritis affects millions of Americans and is the leading cause of disability in the United States. Getting the right treatment for your arthritis may alleviate your symptoms, improve joint health, and prevent long-term health complications that affect your quality of life. Dedicated to helping patients live their best life, the team at Elite Medical Center in Lyman, South Carolina, takes a multidisciplinary approach to the management of arthritis and offers innovative treatments that may heal your damaged joint. Call the office or book an appointment online with Elite Medical Center today.

Arthritis Q & A

Arthritis isn’t one disease or diagnosis, but a general term used to describe joint pain and inflammation. There are over 100 types of arthritis and health conditions that cause arthritis.

You can develop arthritis at any age and it can affect any joint in your body. Though you may be able to ignore your joint discomfort initially, without proper care, your arthritis may affect your overall quality of life.

The expert medical team at Elite Medical Center specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of arthritis and recommends you seek care for your arthritis as soon as you start to experience joint pain.

There are many types of arthritis, but some are more common than others. Common arthritis types include:


Most people with arthritis suffer from osteoarthritis. Referred to as the wear-and-tear arthritis, osteoarthritis causes joint pain due to degenerative changes that occur to the cartilage that separates each of your joints.

Rheumatoid arthritis

If you have rheumatoid arthritis, your immune system mistakenly attacks and destroys the joint capsule that lines your joints. Over time, your immune system may destroy the bone as well, leading to joint deformity.

Psoriatic arthritis

With psoriatic arthritis, your immune system attacks other components of your joint, such as your cartilage, tendons, and ligaments, causing pain, swelling, and immobility.

You may be at risk of developing arthritis if it runs in your family, you previously injured your joint, or you’re overweight or obese.

The team at Elite Medical Center takes a whole-person approach to care and conducts comprehensive evaluations when you come to the office seeking help for your arthritis. During your exam, your provider reviews your symptoms, medical and family history, and general lifestyle and habits.

Your provider then conducts a physical exam and may request diagnostic tests, such as an X-ray or ultrasound, to better understand the cause of your joint pain so you get the most effective treatment.

The team at Elite Medical Center develops personalized treatment plans for the management of arthritis based on the severity of your symptoms, the underlying cause, and your overall health. The team takes a multidisciplinary approach to care, and your treatment may include:

- Chiropractic care
- Weight loss
- Physical therapy
- Ultrasound therapy
- Platelet-rich plasma (PRP)
- Regenerative medicine

The team works closely with you and adjusts your plan as needed to help you get relief from your arthritis pain, improve joint function, and restore your quality of life.

To schedule a consultation with the expert team at Elite Medical Center to improve joint health and arthritis, call the office or book online today.