Arthritis Specialist

Suleman Lalani, MD -  - Internal Medicine & Geriatric Medicine

Suleman Lalani, MD

Internal Medicine & Geriatric Medicine located in Sugar Land, TX

It’s estimated that more than 31 million Americans suffer from arthritis and it’s one of the leading causes of disability in the United States. Suleman Lalani, MD, PA, in Sugar Land, Texas, is a triple board-certified physician who specializes in the management of arthritis and provides treatment to help you get relief from your arthritis and joint pain and improve your quality of life. Arthritis is a degenerative condition that worsens with time. Getting treatment early may help prevent or delay permanent joint damage. Call the office today or schedule an appointment online.

Arthritis Q & A

What is arthritis?

Arthritis is a general medical term that refers to inflammation in your joints. With arthritis, you may experience joint pain, swelling, and stiffness. The condition can affect any joint in your body, and tends to get worse as you get older.

You may be a risk of developing arthritis if it runs in your family, you are overweight, or have a history of a joint injury.

Arthritis is also a common cause of back pain that develops from the wearing away of the cushion in between each of your vertebrae.

What are the common types of arthritis?

There are more than 100 different types of arthritis. The most common include:

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis develops from the general wearing away of the cartilage that cushions your joints, leading to bone-on-bone contact that results in pain and inflammation. Degenerative disc disease is a form of osteoarthritis that leads to back pain.

Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is a type of autoimmune disorder in which your immune system attacks the lining of your joint capsule, resulting in inflammation and pain that may eventually destroy the cartilage and bone in your joints.

Gout

Gout is a metabolic form of arthritis that develops when uric acid crystals settle in your joints. This form of arthritis most often affects the big toe.

Psoriatic arthritis

Psoriasis is a skin condition that causes patchy and inflamed rashes. This skin condition can also affect the joints, leading to inflammation and pain.

Dr. Lalani is an expert in the treatment and management of arthritis and joint pain and can easily determine the type of arthritis you are suffering from so you get the most effective treatment to reduce your discomfort and get back to doing the things you enjoy.

What treatment can help improve my arthritis?

Treatment for your arthritis is focused on relieving your pain, improving your range of motion, and getting you back to doing the things you enjoy. No single treatment works for all cases of arthritis, and Dr. Lalani works one-on-one with you to help you find the method that provides the most relief to improve your quality of life.

Treatment may include:

  • Anti-inflammatories and over-the-counter pain medication
  • Disease-specific medication
  • Corticosteroids
  • Weight loss
  • Physical therapy

If conservative measures fail to relieve your pain or improve your quality of life, joint surgery may be recommended.

For management of your arthritis, joint pain, and back pain, call Dr. Lalani’s office today or schedule an appointment online.