Diagnosis of Arthritis
Dr. Luis Rodriguez, Primary Care Sports Medicine Physician with Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute, explains most of the time, patients come to his office having pain and increasing noises in the knees. Physicians ask for an x-Ray, they obtain the patient’s history and physical examination.
The expert says the most accepted treatments are self management programs. The engagement of the patient with the condition is very important because they can improve their quality of life. The doctor provides patients with the tools to better understand and manage the disease.
In cases of arthritis he advises physical activity, rehabilitation, exercise program, keeping the muscles around the joints strong and flexible, taking some medication such as analgesic or anti-inflammatory and using experimental studies, like stem cells.