Arthritis Specialist

Lilia Hernandez, MD -  - Internal Medicine

Lilia Hernandez, MD

Internal Medicine located in Brownsville, TX

Arthritis is a chronic disease. It affects over 54 million people in the United States and prevents 24 million of those from taking part in activities. If you have arthritis or experience daily joint pain, make an appointment with Lilia H. Hernandez MD in Brownsville, Texas. To find out how Dr. Hernandez can provide pain relief from your arthritis symptoms, call the practice or book online today.

Arthritis Q & A

What is arthritis? 

Arthritis is a collective term for over 100 different inflammatory diseases that affect your joints. It most frequently occurs in people over 65, but can also develop in younger adults, teenagers, and children. Two types of arthritis occur more frequently than the rest:

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, affecting 27 million people in the United States. Often called wear-and-tear arthritis, it occurs when the protective cartilage that cushions the ends of bones wears down. 

Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease. It affects around 1.5 million people and occurs when the immune system attacks the joint capsule cells. 

Dr. Hernandez specializes in diagnosing and treating arthritis. She creates individualized treatment plans based on the type of arthritis you have and its severity to optimize a successful recovery.

What are the symptoms of arthritis?

Depending on the type of arthritis you have, your symptoms may take years to build or occur suddenly, as if from nowhere. Symptoms include:

  • Joint pain
  • Inflammation
  • Limited mobility or range of motion
  • Stiffness
  • Redness

Dr. Hernandez works with you to not only treat the symptoms but also to encourage lifestyle changes that can prevent them from occurring in the first place.

Is there a cure for arthritis?

There's no cure for arthritis, but with careful treatment and management, you can relieve the painful symptoms and continue to enjoy your favorite activities. Your treatment may include:

Pain medication

Over-the-counter medicines can take the edge off arthritis pain during the early stages. If there's no noticeable difference after three months, Dr. Hernandez may prescribe something stronger.

Lifestyle changes

Adopting positive lifestyle changes — like exercising more, achieving and maintaining a healthy weight, eating a joint-healthy diet, and putting little pressure on your joints — can help reduce arthritis pain.

Surgery

If you have chronic and severe arthritis, Dr. Hernandez may recommend surgery.

An arthritis diagnosis can significantly impact your life — but it doesn't have to. When you partner with Dr. Hernandez, you receive exceptional orthopedic care and a renewed quality of life. Make an appointment today by calling the practice or booking online.