Arthritis is a very common ailment but not well understood. The word arthritis does not indicate a single disease but rather it refers to joint pain or joint disease. 100 different types exist. People of all ages, sex and race can develop arthritis. It is the leading cause of disability in America. More than 50 million adults and 300,000 children have some form of joint pain or disease. It is common among women and occurs more as people get older. Symptoms include swelling, pain, stiffness and decreased range of motion (ROM). Symptoms can come and go, they can be mild, moderate or severe. They can stay the same for years, but can get worse over time. In severe cases it may result in chronic pain, the inability to do daily chores and be difficult to walk or climb stairs. It can cause permanent joint damage and changes. These changes might be visible, i.e. knobby finger joints, but usually can only be seen on x-rays. There are some types of arthritis that affect the eyes, heart, kidneys, lungs, and skin. For Answers to any questions you may have please call Dr. Jimenez at 915-850-0900
Knee pain is a common health issue among athletes and the general population alike. Although symptoms of knee pain can be debilitating and frustrating, knee pain is often a very treatable health issue. The knee is a complex structure made up of three bones: the lower section of the thighbone, the upper region of the shinbone, and the kneecap.
Powerful soft tissues, such as the tendons and ligaments of the knee as well as the cartilage beneath the kneecap and between the bones, hold these structures together in order to stabilize and support the knee. However, a variety of injuries and/or conditions can ultimately lead to knee pain. The purpose of the article below is to evaluate patients with knee pain.