Treating the Athlete: New Thoughts on How to Prevent & Treat Arthritis in Athletes & Raise Their Awareness

The Rheumatologist—October 14, 2016

The Rheumatologist writer Karen Appold reports on treating arthritis in athletes. She takes a look at how rheumatologists and physicians at HSS have a paradigm for treating patients with arthritis.

"When time is of the essence, such as for athletic patients, especially those who are professional athletes, we move up the scale of treatment faster," said Anil Ranawat, MD, sports medicine surgeon at HSS.

"When working with athletes, we work more closely with a physical therapist to try to find a set of exercises that strengthen all of the muscles around the affected joint in an effort to develop the right program to strengthen and stabilize the joint," said Linda Russell, MD, rheumatologist at HSS.

The reporter also delves into new and innovative arthritis treatments that are being used at HSS. 

"Rheumatologists still don’t have as many medications to treat psoriatic arthritis as we need, because different patients respond differently to medications, so it is great to have another medication in our armamentarium," said Theodore Fields, MD, rheumatologist at HSS.

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