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By Virgin Islands Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine
March 19, 2021
Category: Health Care
Tags: Arthritis  

How your doctors in Saint Thomas, and St. Croix, can help you get relief from arthritis pain

Arthritis is an uncomfortable, and often crippling disease. There are some things you can do to reduce the negative effects of arthritis, and seeing your doctor is one of the most important.

Dr. Jeffrey Chase, Dr. Mary Olsen, and Dr. Carmen Quinones of Virgin Island Orthopaedics and Medical Specialists offer a wide range of medical services, including arthritis treatment. They have office locations in Saint Thomas, and St. Croix, to help you.

There are different types of arthritis, with different causes:

  • Osteoarthritis, which happens as a result of age-related wear-and-tear on your body. The degenerative changes in your bones are often accelerated by repetitive use injuries. The cartilage, which is the tissue cushioning your bones, begins to wear down. Eventually, your bones lose their cushion completely, and you have bone-on-bone contact. When you have osteoarthritis, your joints swell, you feel pain, and you lose mobility and flexibility.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis, which is caused by an autoimmune response within your body. Your immune system attacks your tissue, causing damage to your joints, tendons, and ligaments. Unlike osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis can affect people of all ages, causing swelling, pain, and joint deformity.

These are just a few of the ways you can help reduce the negative effects of arthritis:

  • Avoid high-impact activities which stress your joints; instead try walking, swimming, and other low-impact exercises.
  • Stop doing the activities that cause your arthritis pain to increase
  • Try to manage your weight, to lessen the stress on your joints
  • Take over-the-counter pain and anti-inflammatory medication to reduce swelling and relieve pain

Your doctor can also help you manage arthritis pain and degenerative changes. Common treatments include:

  • Physical therapy and stretching to help maintain flexibility and strength
  • Prescription-strength anti-inflammatory medications
  • Lifestyle modification, nutritional counseling, and wellness programs

Living with arthritis doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy life. To find out more about reversing the negative effects of arthritis, call Dr. Jeffrey Chase, Dr. Mary Olsen, and Dr. Carmen Quinones of Virgin Island Orthopaedics and Medical Specialists. You can reach them in Saint Thomas at (340) 714-2845, or in St. Croix at (340) 692-5000, so call today!

By Virgin Islands Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine
March 18, 2021
Category: Arthritis
Tags: Arthritis  

The professionals at Virgin Islands Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine help patients manage their arthritis and pain. With locations in St. Thomas and St. Croix, we are here for you if you're in pain.

Arthritis plagues more than 54 million Americans and that number is growing as the population ages, according to the CDC. The common traits of arthritis are joint pain and stiffness, either in one joint or many. The different kinds of arthritis can have other varied symptoms. Come see us in St. Thomas or St. Croix for help managing arthritis and pain.

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis. It causes the cartilage within a joint to break down. This usually happens gradually and over time symptoms worsen. OA is most common in the hands, knees, and hips. It causes pain, stiffness, swelling, and over time will cause a loss of flexibility or limited range of motion.

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease, meaning the body attacks its own healthy cells. The lining of the joint becomes inflamed and causes damage to the joint tissue, which means chronic pain. RA usually attacks many joints at once, including the hands, wrists, and knees, and can lead to deformity of the joints.

The cause of fibromyalgia isn't completely known, but if you have RA, you are more likely to develop fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia causes widespread pain throughout the body, and often causes problems with sleep, leading to depression and anxiety.

Gout commonly affects one joint at a time. Gout causes inflammation and goes through remissions and flares. Repeated flare-ups lead to gouty arthritis. There is no cure for gout but flare-ups can be managed with healthy diet choices and medication.

Arthritis can be painful but it doesn't have to control your life. To manage your pain, contact Virgin Islands Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine in Saint Thomas at (340) 714-2845, and in St. Croix at (340) 692-5000.

By Virgin Island Orthopaedics and Medical Specialists
January 23, 2020
Category: Arthritis
Tags: Arthritis  

Why do your hands, knees, back or shoulders hurt? Is it arthritis? Many people in the US Virgin Islands suffer from it and need relief from Arthritistheir symptoms. At Virgin Island Orthopaedics & Medical Specialists, Dr. Jeffrey Chase and his team provide a wide range of physical therapies, pain management, and orthopaedic services to increase your comfort, mobility, and function. Would you like to ease those arthritis symptoms?


What is arthritis?

The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Disease defines arthritis simply as joint inflammation. Osteoarthritis is the kind most people know as it is related to the wear and tear of the aging process. It causes inflammation and pain in the hands, knees, hips, and other joints as the articular cartilage on bone ends wears away.

The other familiar kind is rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disorder. RA patients may be quite young and suffer extensive joint pain, fatigue and even fever.


Who gets arthritis?

Millions of Americans struggle with the pain and stiffness typical of arthritis. Some even require special anti-inflammatory drugs, joint replacements, physical therapy and more to improve function, ease pain, and maintain mobility. Older people, athletes, and those with a genetic pre-disposition to this condition suffer from a wide range of symptoms.


How to ease your symptoms

At Virgin Island Orthopaedics & Medical Specialists, Dr. Chase will listen to your symptoms and perform the tests necessary to pinpoint the diagnosis of arthritis. Treatment depends on your particular type of arthritis, overall health condition and other factors.

However, any patient can benefit from basic pain management and joint function strategies such as:

  1. Maintaining a healthy weight to limit pressure and wear and tear on the articular cartilage
  2. Ibuprofen or other over the counter medications
  3. Routine movement to increase blood flow, maintain muscle mass, and increase mobility and range of motion
  4. Physical therapy
  5. Supportive devices such as splints
  6. Assistive devices such as canes and walkers
  7. Ergonomic chairs and floor mats
  8. Stress management
  9. Resting and protecting your joints (exercise sensibly with low-impact activities such as cycling, swimming, and walking)
  10. Tracking your symptoms and reporting them to Dr. Chase

Tracking symptoms is key to managing them. Note the quality of your pain: stabbing, crushing, tingling, etc. Tell Dr. Chase how it impacts your work and life at home. Pay attention to the location of your pain, if it changes location and what may increase or relieve it.


Learn more

Life with arthritis is not always easy, but it is manageable. At Virgin Island Orthopaedics & Medical Specialists, Dr. Jeffrey Chase and his staff have the expertise and compassion to give you the care you and your arthritis need for a better life. For an in-office consultation, please contact one of our two convenient locations. In St. Croix, call (340) 692-5000, and for St. Thomas, phone (340) 714-2845.