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Arthritis, a condition involving the breakdown of cartilage in joints, can result in discomfort, stiffness, and limitations in movement. At Anti-Aging Medical & Laser Clinic, we understand the challenges posed by arthritis and are dedicated to providing compassionate care and innovative solutions.

Arthritis

Overview

Arthritis is a complex joint disorder characterized by inflammation and the gradual deterioration of joint tissues. This deterioration often leads to a range of symptoms, including:

  • Joint Pain: Persistent or intermittent discomfort in one or more joints, exacerbated by movement or pressure on the affected area.
  • Joint Stiffness: Feeling of rigidity or limited flexibility in the joints, especially noticeable after periods of rest or in the morning.
  • Joint Swelling: Visible or palpable enlargement of the joints due to swelling and inflammation.
  • Redness and Warmth: Increased blood flow to inflamed joints may cause redness, warmth, or a sensation of heat.
  • Decreased Range of Motion: Difficulty moving joints through their full range of motion, resulting in reduced flexibility and mobility.
  • Fatigue: Persistent feelings of tiredness or lethargy, often associated with the body’s response to chronic pain and inflammation.
  • Joint Deformity: Advanced cases of arthritis can lead to changes in joint shape and alignment, resulting in deformities.
  • Systemic Symptoms: Certain types of arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis, may also present systemic symptoms like fever, weight loss, and overall malaise.

These symptoms can vary in intensity and may impact daily activities and overall quality of life. It’s important to schedule an appointment with your doctor if you feel you are experiencing any of these symptoms so you can be evaluated and receive appropriate diagnosis and treatment.

Early detection and management of arthritis symptoms can help prevent further joint damage and improve long-term outcomes. Your doctor can provide personalized guidance, recommend lifestyle changes, prescribe medications, or refer you to a specialist for further evaluation and care. Don’t delay seeking medical attention if you suspect you may have arthritis or are experiencing any related symptoms.

What causes arthritis?

Arthritis can be caused by various factors, including:

  • Age: Cartilage naturally wears down over time.
  • Genetics: Some people may inherit a predisposition to arthritis.
  • Obesity: Excess weight puts added stress on the joints, leading to accelerated cartilage breakdown.
  • Injury: Trauma to a joint can increase the risk of developing arthritis in that joint.
  • Autoimmune diseases: Conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis involve the immune system mistakenly attacking the joints.
How to prevent the onset of arthritis?

While certain risk factors for arthritis, such as age and genetics, are beyond our control, there are steps you can take to reduce the risk or delay the onset of arthritis:

  • Maintain a healthy weight to reduce stress on the joints.
  • Engage in regular exercise to strengthen muscles and support joint function.
  • Protect joints from injury during physical activities or sports.
  • Eat a balanced diet rich in anti-inflammatory foods, such as fruits, vegetables, and omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Avoid smoking, as it can contribute to the development of certain types of arthritis.
How is arthritis diagnosed?

Arthritis is typically diagnosed through a combination of medical history, physical examination, imaging tests, and laboratory tests. The diagnostic process may involve the following:

  • Medical History: Your doctor will review your medical history, including symptoms, their duration, and any factors that may contribute to arthritis, such as previous injuries, family history, or underlying health conditions.
  • Physical Examination: A thorough physical examination will be conducted to assess joint function, range of motion, swelling, tenderness, and signs of inflammation.
  • Imaging Tests: Imaging tests such as X-rays, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), or ultrasound may be ordered to visualize the internal structures of the joints, detect any abnormalities in bone or cartilage, and assess the extent of joint damage.
  • Laboratory Tests: Blood tests may be performed to check for specific markers of inflammation or autoimmune activity, which can help differentiate between different types of arthritis.
  • Joint Fluid Analysis: In some cases, a procedure called joint aspiration may be performed to remove a sample of fluid from the affected joint for analysis. This can help identify the presence of crystals (as seen in gout or pseudogout) or signs of infection.
How to treat arthritis?

Treatments for arthritis aim to manage symptoms, improve joint function, and slow disease progression. These options include:

  • Medications: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), corticosteroids, and disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) may be prescribed to reduce pain and inflammation.
  • Physical therapy: Exercises and stretches can help improve joint flexibility, strength, and mobility.
  • Lifestyle modifications: Adaptations such as using assistive devices, maintaining proper posture, and avoiding repetitive movements can alleviate strain on affected joints.
  • Injections: Corticosteroid or hyaluronic acid injections may be administered directly into the joint to provide relief.
  • Surgery: In severe cases, joint replacement surgery may be recommended to replace damaged joints with artificial ones, restoring function and reducing pain.

At Anti-Aging Medical & Laser Clinic, we recognize the significant impact arthritis pain can have on daily life, hindering routine activities and diminishing overall well-being. That’s why our focus is on providing non-surgical solutions that efficiently alleviate pain and improve comfort.

I have arthritis, what treatments does Anti-Aging offer?

At Anti-Aging Medical & Laser Clinic we offer cutting-edge injection treatments tailored to sports medicine and rehabilitation, including Prolotherapy, Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP), SportVis (Hyaluronic Acid (HA)), and Cingal (Hyaluronic Acid + Cortisone) injections. However, before proceeding with these treatments, it’s crucial to undergo X-rays and potentially further imaging tests to accurately assess your condition and tailor a suitable treatment plan for you.

 

 

Treatment Overview

Treatment Overview



Advancing Wellness with Targeted Joint Pain Injections

At Anti-Aging Medical and Laser Clinic, we specialize in providing tailored solutions for managing arthritis-related joint pain. For patients seeking diagnosis and treatment for arthritis pain, it’s essential to start with a comprehensive evaluation. If you haven’t received a diagnosis or undergone imaging tests, we recommend consulting your family doctor or scheduling an appointment at Old Orchard Medical Clinic for a thorough physical examination.


Once you’ve had your examination, the next step is to arrange for x-rays and any additional imaging required. These can be done conveniently at a local hospital or at West Coast Medical Imaging’s Arbutus clinic located at:

2184 West Broadway, Unit #390,
Vancouver, BC V6K 2E1
Phone: 604-731-2200

 

Completing these steps ensures that your imaging reports are readily accessible when you visit Anti-Aging Medical & Laser Clinic.

For patients with a confirmed diagnosis and existing x-rays, you can initiate your journey towards pain management by filling out our online questionnaire to book your initial consultation with Dr. Teri Fisher. Once submitted, our team will promptly reach out to schedule your appointment. Remember to bring along any previous imaging reports, including X-rays, ultrasounds, MRI, MRA, or CT scans, to your consultation.

 

What to expect

What to expect


If you’ve gathered your examination reports, take the first step by filling out our online Musculoskeletal (MSK) Questionnaire. Following completion, Dr. Teri Fisher personally reviews all submissions to ensure comprehensive screening.

CLICK HERE TO BEGIN QUESTIONNAIRE

 

Once you have completed the online MSK questionnaire, you will be scheduled for a private consultation. At Anti-Aging, we place the highest importance on maintaining complete confidentiality during all consultations and treatments. 

 

The Consultation

Prior to commencing any treatment, Dr. Fisher will review your file to ensure a thorough assessment is complete upon arrival. During your consultation, If Dr. Fisher determines that a treatment is suitable and will help improve your condition, it will be administered during the office visit under ultrasound guidance, utilizing the latest ultrasound-guided technology.

 

 

Why Choose Us

Why Choose Us

 

Why Choose Anti-Aging for MSK Ultrasound-Guided Injections?

Dr. Fisher’s expertise extends beyond aesthetic rejuvenation, encompassing a wealth of experience in Musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions. His deep knowledge in this specialized field guarantees precise and effective treatment for a wide range of joint related conditions.

Confidentiality: Upholding your privacy as paramount, we guarantee complete confidentiality throughout all consultations and procedures, fostering a secure and discreet environment.

Personalized Consultations: Following completion of the online MSK questionnaire, you’ll be granted a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Fisher. This individualized approach ensures a thorough assessment of your MSK needs, allowing for a tailored treatment plan.

 

Pricing

Pricing


The consultation fee is $550. Our treatments are not covered by the Medical Services Plan (MSP). We recommend that you consult with your Private Insurer to explore coverage options for this treatment.

It’s important to note that before any treatment is given, Dr. Fisher conducts a thorough assessment of the patient’s condition to determine the most appropriate course of action. 

To explore treatment options with Dr. Fisher, please have your condition assessed by your family doctor and arrange imaging scans before scheduling a consultation. Following this, you can begin by filling out our online Musculoskeletal (MSK) Questionnaire. Once submitted, our team will reach out to schedule your in-office consultation with Dr. Fisher.

Cingal (Hyaluronic Acid + Cortisone):  $900 per treatment

SportVis (Hyaluronic Acid):  $1800 for 2 treatments

PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma):  $1000 per treatment

Prolotherapy (Dextrose): $500 per treatment; $1900 for 4 treatments; $2700 for 6 treatments

 

Popular Treatments for Arthritis

Cingal®

Cingal®

 

Cingal® offers a unique solution for osteoarthritis knee pain. Combining a corticosteroid for fast relief with hyaluronic acid for sustained comfort, it targets both immediate discomfort and lasting relief. This innovative approach provides individuals with osteoarthritis a promising way to manage knee pain effectively.

Platelet Rich Plasma

Platelet Rich Plasma


PRP injections offer a promising solution to alleviate arthritis pain. By utilizing the body’s own healing factors found in platelet-rich plasma, these injections can effectively reduce inflammation and promote tissue regeneration in the affected joints.

Prolotherapy

Prolotherapy


We offer prolotherapy as a proactive approach to relieve arthritis discomfort and enhance joint function. Through the injection of a natural solution into the affected joints, prolotherapy stimulates the body’s healing response, encouraging the growth of new tissue and strengthening the ligaments.