What is Arthritis?
The space between two bones refers to a joint. When joints are abnormal, that is commonly referred to as arthritis. Many people think that arthritis only impacts the elderly, but it can actually affect all age groups. Arthritis knows no age or gender; in fact, it is the leading cause of disability in America. Arthritis is not only very uncomfortable for most people, but it can be painful and debilitating depending on the severity of it.
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms of arthritis depend on the type of arthritis and which joints are affected. For example, rheumatoid arthritis typically affects small joints including the fingers, wrists, toes, and ankles, with symptoms improving with movement. On the other hand, osteoarthritis frequently affects large, load-bearing joints such as the hips, knees, and lower spine, with symptoms worsening with movement
What are the causes & risk factors?
Causes and risk factors depend on what type of arthritis. In general, arthritis can be thought of as two broad categories: inflammatory arthritis and degenerative arthritis. Autoimmunity is frequently the underlying cause of inflammatory arthritis, and risk factors for autoimmunity include hereditary and genetic factors, environmental and infectious exposures. On the other hand, causes and risk factors for degenerative arthritis are normal with aging, being overweight and obese, having a prior injury or trauma, and hereditary structural abnormalities such as scoliosis and knock knees.
How is it diagnosed?
The first step in being evaluated for arthritis is to seek out care with your doctor. Your doctor will take a comprehensive history and physical exam, brainstorm a differential diagnosis and recommend testing such as bloodwork and radiology when indicated. You may be referred to a specialist such as a Rheumatologist or an Orthopedist so that they may further evaluate the causes of your joint pain and help you achieve a better quality of life.
Treatment for arthritis depends on which type of arthritis and also the severity of involvement. Autoimmune inflammatory arthritis generally requires medications to improve symptoms and reduce the risk of progression. Sometimes the medications can be used just as needed, and others are needed for maintenance. Currently, no known medication has been proven to reduce the progression of degenerative osteoarthritis, so treatments are aimed at improving symptoms. These include analgesics, injections, and surgery. Symptoms from any type of arthritis benefit from good nutrition, physical therapy, and exercise as tolerated.
Relieve Your Arthritis Symptoms Today
If you’d like help managing your arthritis symptoms, a rheumatologist can help you navigate your way to relief. Schedule your next appointment with Dr. Lomibao by calling our office or using our Request An Appointment form. Lomibao Rheumatology & Wellness Care is a full-service rheumatology clinic that wants to help improve your function and mobility if you have arthritis.
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Most Personable Rheumatologist
Dr. Lomibao has been my Rheumatologist for over 4 years. I have had RA for 25 years, and Dr. Lomibao by far is the best doctor I have seen. She is an excellent and experienced physician who truly listens and cares. She has developed a treatment plan that has given me my life back.
I am so thankful to be under the care of Dr Lomibao! I could honestly write an essay about her and how wonderful she is. From my first visit to the present she is always thorough and has a incredible bedside manner. I don't think I've ever waited more than 10-15 minutes in the office either. They are so efficient. I have recommended her to many people and will continue to do so. I love Dr Lomibao!
I am so thankful to have found Dr Lomibao. She's been my rheumatologist since the very beginning of my autoimmune illness journey and I can't say enough good things about her. She spent so much time at my initial getting to know me and my symptoms and now I've been a patient of hers for over two years and she still spends all the time with me I need to get my questions and concerns addressed. She is so thorough and has the best bedside manner. I have recommended her to many friends. Dr lomibao is a fantastic physician.
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I could write a whole story. I won't because you may stop reading. Dr. Lomibao is the best I've came across during my search for a rheumatologist. She isn't like most doctors. She listens to you. She doesn't force meds on you and actually cares about your well being. I'm a lupus and arthritis patients. She has assisted me in getting my condition under control. If you want a caring doctor come see her and I promise you will not be disappointed.
I was diagnosed with lupus almost 4 years ago and after searching. I finally found a rheumatologist who listened. She was compassionate and caring. She has never tried to force a treatment or force meds. Dr. Lomibao has the best bedside manner and communicates with all my other doctors so we are all on the same page. She's such a great doctor I pay out of my pocket to see her because she isn't in my insurance network. That should tell you my true thoughts about Dr. Lomibao. If you are looking for a doctor who will listen and help you find a solution. Go see her.
She helped me knock my arthritis to the curb!
I had some difficulty with my arthritis and I wasn't particularly thrilled with my previous doctor's treatment plan. I decided to see Dr. Lomibao because there had to be another option. I was soooo glad I did!! Dr. Lomibao sat, listened and took notes like crazy. She really listened to my concerns and why I didn't want to be on steroids. When I finished, she put her pen down, looked me in the eyes and told me, "We will find something to help you." She reviewed all my options and provided the pros/cons on everything I could do. She provided me her most recommended options and then I was able to choose the best fit for me. It took a little bit of time, but I am now on a regimen that has my arthritis at the curb! You will not find a more personable, knowledgeable and caring physician around.
One of the Best to ever do it!!!
I have been seeing Dr. Lomibao for almost 2 years. Follow-up hospital visit. She was new to me on our first visit she sat and asked so many questions in regard to the new diagnosis of my auto-immune disease. At first glance, some told me she looks young and she may not be as knowledgeable as others. I say to them she is freaking awesome and amazing. I never feel rushed or feel like I'm being pushed out quickly. Not that I take a lot of time but, as a patient you want to feel like your Dr. truly cares about what you're going through and find a way to solve the problem. During this recent pandemic, I've been teaching from home. I had to move my daughter home from college and I had to work the very next day. I was exhausted and had an appointment with Dr. Lomibao the very next day. My body was not cooperating and I left a message with her nurse and my Dr. did a virtual appointment to address my issues. Video or by phone was optional. They always return calls and are accommodating. God Bless you guys stay safe!
I love Dr. Lomibao
Dr. Lomibao was the first Rheumatologist I saw after I started exhibiting symptoms of inflammatory arthritis in 2018. I have been appreciative of her analytical and compassionate nature since my first appointment! Dr. Lomibao doesn't just check boxes off her chart and move on to her next patient. During my appointments, she takes the time to relate to me and allows me space to communicate the various areas of my life that are affected by my illness. This has greatly affected the amount of trust I have for her. I am an over-thinker who loves knowing why and how aspects of my illness are affecting me, and Dr. Lomibao has never dismissed my questions or made me feel like I am wasting her time by asking a question. Dr. Lomibao and her staff have gone above and beyond to make me feel the best I possibly can! I am very grateful for their care.
Caring and Open Expert Physician
I highly recommend Dr. Frances Lomibao if you are looking for a knowledgeable, kind, and proactive rheumatologist. Dr. Lomibao diagnosed me with RA this year, and has been so compassionate, caring, and informative every step of the way. She takes time to answer my questions in depth, and I always have a lot of them. She is open to my desire to find a way to treat this disease as holistically and naturally as possible, and I truly feel that we are a team united in the fight. Visiting with Dr. Lomibao feels like meeting up with a friend. I’m always nervous before doctor visits but her presence is so comforting, and she’s hilarious! She helps take the edge off of potentially receiving tough news. When we found that I would need to take medication (which wasn’t my plan originally), she spent so much time with me discussing treatments and helping me find what’s best for me. She made me feel comfortable with my treatment plan, and I appreciated her boldness to tell a crunchy hippie like me that while diet and lifestyle changes and supplements would help, it wouldn’t be enough for how my disease is progressing. I have a long history of poor medical care, so being able to partner with Dr. Lomibao is a true blessing.
I have been under Dr. Lomibao's care for 2 1/2 years. She is an amazing rheumatologist that has a genuine care for her patients. I have had RA for 15 years and seen many doctors but she is by far the very best! If you need a physician who not only cares but gets to the bottom of your condition, look no further. I HIGHLY recommend Dr. Frances Lomibao! God bless her!
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