Arthritis Specialist

Ulrike D. Sujansky, MD, FACP -  - Concierge Medicine

Ulrike D. Sujansky, MD, FACP

Concierge Medicine located in San Mateo, CA

Arthritis is a chronic disease that affects millions of Americans every year, causing significant pain and disability. Although arthritis is incurable, Ulrike Sujansky, MD, offers effective treatments to help reduce and manage pain and improve function. Dr. Sujansky is a board-certified physician providing personalized concierge services to people living in the San Mateo region of California. She also serves the Burlingame and Hillsborough areas. Under her care, your quality of life could improve significantly, minimizing the impact of arthritis on your well-being. To learn more, reach out to Dr. Sujansky or request an appointment online.

Arthritis Q & A

What is arthritis?

Arthritis isn’t a single disease but a collection of several different conditions, all affecting your joints and causing chronic pain, inflammation, and joint dysfunction.

Osteoarthritis, which typically starts in middle age, is the most widespread form of arthritis. Osteoarthritis arises from wear and tear of the joints over the years, resulting in a loss of cartilage on the ends of your bones. Without their protective layer, the bones can rub against each other, causing pain and stiffness. 

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is less common than osteoarthritis but still widespread. This form of arthritis is an autoimmune disorder, a type of disease in which your immune system mistakenly starts attacking your tissues as though they were potentially harmful. In RA, your immune system attacks the joint linings.

How is arthritis diagnosed?

Dr. Sujansky carries out a comprehensive physical exam as well as reviewing your medical history and talking with you about your current symptoms. This gives her a good indication that you have arthritis, but she may also need to run other diagnostic tests to assess the amount of joint damage and confirm which type of arthritis you have. 

These tests could include:

  • Blood test
  • Urine test
  • Joint fluid test
  • X-rays
  • CT (computerized tomography) scan
  • MRI (magnetic resonance imaging)
  • Ultrasound

When the test results are back, Dr. Sujansky can personalize a treatment plan to combat the effects of arthritis and help improve your quality of life.

How is arthritis treated?

To manage your arthritis, which has no known cure, Dr. Sujansky tailors treatment to your specific needs, reflecting the unique experience each individual has of living with arthritis.

Lifestyle changes are vital in managing arthritis. By improving your overall health and fitness, you can often make a significant reduction in the physical effects of arthritis. Gentle exercise, eating a healthy, balanced diet, and managing your stress can all lessen your arthritis symptoms. 

In contrast, eating poorly and lack of exercise, as well as smoking and excess alcohol consumption often make symptoms worse.

Dr. Sujansky can help you eat well, lose weight, and give up bad habits, all of which make a noticeable difference in your symptoms. Other potential treatments for arthritis include:

  • Pain-killing medication
  • Anti-inflammatories
  • Physical therapy
  • Splints or braces
  • Massage
  • Acupuncture
  • Capsaicin or menthol cream
  • Disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs)
  • Biologic response modifiers
  • Oral or injectable corticosteroids

Dr. Sujansky partners with you to develop the most effective treatment plan for reducing your pain and improving your overall quality of life. For comprehensive care from a compassionate physician focused on you and your health, contact Dr. Sujansky by phone or online.