Arthritis

Primary Care Physician, Geriatric Care & Internal Medicine located in San Bernardino, CA

Arthritis services offered in San Bernardino, CA


If your joints are often swollen or painful, it may be due to arthritis. At Rajan Medical Group, arthritis specialist Deepak Thiagarajan, MD, provides comprehensive joint exams and diagnostic testing to determine what type of arthritis you have. Dr. Thiagarajan also takes a holistic approach to managing your arthritis symptoms over the long term. He can prescribe anti-inflammatories, refer you for physical therapy, and keep track of your treatment progress during in-office or telehealth appointments. Call the San Bernardino, California, office to schedule an arthritis consultation or book an appointment online today.

Arthritis Q & A

What is arthritis?

Arthritis is a chronic health condition that affects joint health and function. While there are more than 100 different types of arthritis, the two most common include:

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage that lines the ends of your joint bones breaks down and wears away. This condition becomes more common with age and causes persistent joint stiffness and pain.

Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that develops when your immune system mistakenly attacks otherwise healthy joint tissue. The attack leads to ongoing joint inflammation, swelling, and pain.

Both types of arthritis can progressively worsen over time and lead to limited joint function, mobility issues, and decreased independence.

Rajan Medical Group offers comprehensive arthritis management services to reduce your risk for ongoing joint pain and other complications the condition can cause. 

When should I seek medical care for arthritis?

Many people with early-stage arthritis are able to manage their symptoms with over-the-counter medications and exercise.

You should schedule an arthritis evaluation at Rajan Medical Group if home care isn’t enough to manage your arthritis stiffness and pain or if your symptoms continue to worsen.

Dr. Thiagarajan completes a physical exam to evaluate the range of motion you have in your joints and assess your severity of pain and stiffness. He may also order X-rays or other diagnostic imaging tests.

Early treatment of arthritis can reduce your risk for joint dysfunction and disability. Dr. Thiagarajan creates a management plan to address your unique challenges with arthritis, so you can remain healthy and independent.

How is arthritis treated?

Your customized care plan for arthritis may include one or more treatments that keep your joints pain-free and flexible. Dr. Thiagarajan may recommend:

  • Anti-inflammatories
  • Pain relievers
  • Joint injections
  • Physical therapy

The medically supervised weight-loss program available at Rajan Medical Group can also help you achieve a healthy body weight to take excessive pressure off your joints.

Dr. Thiagarajan continues to monitor your progress with arthritis treatments during in-office visits and telehealth appointments. If arthritis causes severe joint damage, he can refer you to an orthopedic surgeon to determine if you’re a candidate for joint repair or replacement surgery.

Call Rajan Medical Group to schedule an arthritis consultation or book an appointment online today.