Arthritis Specialist

Metropolitan Comprehensive Medical Center

Primary Care Physician & Sports Medicine located in San Diego, CA

Are you looking for natural methods to combat arthritis pain? Your provider's holistic approach family and sports medicine at Metropolitan Comprehensive Medical Center in San Diego, California might be just the solution you need: Our office specializes in treating arthritis with injection therapies that don’t contain any synthetic, harmful chemicals. To learn more about how this board-certified physician can enhance your quality of life while living with arthritis, call or book an appointment online.

Arthritis Q & A

What is arthritis?

Arthritis is a blanket term for when chronic inflammation causes your joints to swell, hurt, and lose range-of-motion, affecting your overall ability to be active.

There are several forms of arthritis, and each one develops for different reasons. Some versions are genetic diseases while others develop from an injury or overuse of the joint. Some categories of arthritis involve the immune system and may also affect your organs.

What are the symptoms of arthritis?

If your joints are swollen, ache, or have limited mobility, you may have arthritis. Dr. Wong will assess which type of arthritis you suffer from based on your exact symptoms. The specific indications he looks for include:

  • Joint pain, often a dull ache
  • Swelling, redness, or warmth (signs of inflammation)
  • Reduced flexibility of your joint
  • Grounding or clicking noises when you move
  • Unusual bumps on your bones’ surface
  • Abnormal overall fatigue (sign of an immune disease)
  • Difficulty sleeping due to pain sensitivity

All of these symptoms can prevent enjoyment of daily activities, which may lead to depression, anxiety or digestive problems.

How do you treat arthritis?

Dr. Wong specializes in treating arthritis with injections, and can even refer you to a physical therapist. Depending on your type of arthritis and its severity, your customized treatment plan may include:

  • Platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP): A healthy sample of your blood is drawn, enriched, and then re-injected in the arthritic joint
  • Corticosteroid shots (steroids): Injections into the joint that mimic our body’s natural hormones
  • Hyaluronic acid injections: A lubricating substance inserted into the joint to reduce friction

What are the benefits of injection therapies for arthritis?

Successful injections can reduce pain, increase your range of motion, and improve your overall quality of life.

These innovative new treatments help your body heal itself with a little boost. In fact, biologically-based therapies have few side effects or risks compared to pills or surgical procedures.

If you’re experiencing joint pain, schedule an appointment online with Dr. Wong or call Metropolitan Comprehensive Medical Center to find out if injection therapies can treat your arthritis.