If you have arthritis, gout, ankylosing spondylitis or another inflammatory condition, you will work with a local family physician and likely a local rheumatologist. Because a big part of managing an inflammatory condition is your diet, you may benefit from working with a local registered dietitian. A local registered dietitian is a wellness provider who is trained in nutritional science and health. A local registered dietitian can help patients with rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis or psoriatic arthritis eat an anti-inflammatory diet. By working with a local registered dietitian and eating a diet rich in foods such as leafy greens, whole grains and fruits, people with arthritis or other inflammatory conditions can reduce inflammation and joint pain.
A local registered dietitian can help you lose weight, plan meals, understand the glycemic index, eat for exercise or sport and more. If you’d like to learn more about how a local registered dietitian can help you with an anti-inflammatory diet, start by talking to your local family physician. A local registered dietitian can also work with your other healthcare providers, whether it’s a local cardiologist or local psychiatrist. The five most common types of arthritis to affect the shoulder are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, avascular necrosis, rotator cuff tear arthropathy and posttraumatic arthritis. Both the acromioclavicular (AC) joint (where the clavicle meets the tip of the shoulder blade) and the glenohumeral joint (where the head of the humerus fits into the scapula) can be affected by arthritis. Symptoms of shoulder arthritis include pain, stiffness and reduced mobility. To make a diagnosis, your physician will probably recommend an x-ray. If your arthritis pain doesn’t respond to non-surgical options, your physician or orthopedic surgeon may recommend surgery. Milder cases of shoulder arthritis may be treated with arthroscopy, while more severe cases may require a shoulder joint replacement.