Arthritis Specialist

Marina Margolin, MD -  - Family Practice Physician

Universal Family Medicine

Marina Margolin, MD

Family Practice Physician located in Financial District, New York, NY

Arthritis affects about 1 in 4 adults in the United States, or 54.4 million people. Dr. Marina Margolin and the team at Universal Family Medicine evaluate and treat arthritis at their clinic in Downtown Manhattan, Financial District of Manhattan. For comprehensive and compassionate arthritis care, call your nearest New York City office or book an appointment online today.

Arthritis Q & A

What is arthritis?

Arthritis encompasses more than 100 diseases that affect your joints. Most types of arthritis cause joint pain and stiffness that can make everyday activities, like climbing up and down the stairs, seem impossible. 

The most common types of arthritis include:

Osteoarthritis

Also called wear-and-tear arthritis, osteoarthritis happens when the slippery cartilage that covers the ends of your bones breaks down. Over time, this may cause your bones to grind together at a joint. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, affecting more than 30 million adults. 

Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is the second-most common type. This form of arthritis occurs when your immune system attacks the healthy tissues that line a joint. In addition to joints, rheumatoid arthritis can affect other tissues in your body, including your eyes and brain. 


What are the symptoms of arthritis?

Arthritis symptoms vary depending on the type of disease and joints affected. The most common signs and symptoms of arthritis include:

  • Joint pain and stiffness
  • Limited range of motion
  • Redness and swelling

Arthritis can affect any joint. Osteoarthritis is most common in weight-bearing joints like your hips, knees, and spine.


Who gets arthritis?

Arthritis is most common among older adults, but certain types of arthritis affect children, too. Your risk of developing arthritis increases with age. Other factors that may increase your risk of arthritis include:

  • Family history of arthritis
  • Personal history of joint injury
  • Overweight and obesity
  • Cigarette smoking

Jobs that require repetitive motions, like bending and squatting, can also increase your likelihood of getting arthritis. 


How is arthritis treated?

First, your expert provider at Universal Family Medicine performs a physical exam and checks your joints for signs of arthritis, like redness and swelling in the joint. They may also take diagnostic tests, like on-site blood work or ultrasounds, and also send you for an X-ray or MRI. 

Arthritis has no cure, but the team at Universal Family Medicine develops a personalized treatment plan to relieve your joint pain and manage your symptoms. 

Depending on the type and severity of your arthritis, treatment may include pain-relieving medications and physical therapy. Advanced cases of arthritis may require injections or surgery. 

If you think you may have arthritis, call Universal Family Medicine or book an appointment online today.