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Frontline Internal Medicine LLC

Ogechi Mbakwe, MD

Internal Medicine located in Statesboro, GA

Over 50 million adults in America have some form of arthritis, and if you’re struggling to manage your condition, rely on the rheumatology expertise of Ogechi Mbakwa, MD, at Frontline Internal Medicine, in Statesboro, Georgia. Dr. Mbakwa can effectively diagnose arthritis and develop a custom treatment plan to help you manage your symptoms and alleviate chronic pain. Find out more about treatment options for arthritis by calling the Statesboro office or booking an appointment online.

Arthritis Q & A

What is arthritis?

Arthritis is a group of chronic conditions that affect the joints, causing pain and mobility issues. The condition is also the leading cause of disability in the United States.

Dr. Mbakwa treats several common types of arthritis, including:

  • Infectious arthritis: joint inflammation resulting from a bacteria, virus, or fungus that causes pain and difficulties in joint movement
  • Inflammatory arthritis: a condition resulting from an immune system disorder that causes uncontrolled inflammation in the joints
  • Metabolic arthritis: a buildup of uric acid, found naturally in the body and in a variety of foods, that forms crystals in the joint and causes persistent pain
  • Degenerative arthritis: a condition that occurs when the cushioning surface of the joints wears away, causing bones to rub against each other and resulting in chronic pain and mobility issues

Dr. Mbakwe can diagnose the type of arthritis affecting your joints based on your symptoms and your medical history.

What are the symptoms of arthritis?

Arthritis can develop gradually over time, without showing any symptoms for years. Eventually, affected joints become painful, and you may experience other symptoms that indicate arthritis is progressing. These symptoms include:

  • Immobility
  • Disfigurement
  • Joint stiffness
  • Joint swelling


You may also experience symptoms relating to the dysfunction of your kidneys, lungs, and heart, as certain types of arthritis, including inflammatory and infectious arthritis, can affect your major organs.

How is arthritis diagnosed?

Dr. Mbakwe starts with a review of your medical history, family history, and symptoms. She also discusses your diet and lifestyle habits to rule out other issues that may be causing your joint pain.

To confirm an arthritis diagnosis, Dr. Mbakwe performs a physical examination of the affected joints. She may also request blood work and imaging tests, like X-rays or an MRI, to get a closer look at the structure of the joint.

What treatment options are available for arthritis?

To relieve the pain of arthritis and improve joint mobility, Dr. Mbakwe may initially recommend physical therapy exercises to strengthen the muscles around your joints.

If you need to relieve pain before you can do the exercises, she may suggest over-the-counter or prescription medications, like anti-inflammatories.

Corticosteroid shots can also alleviate painful joints and improve your functionality.

Don’t let painful joints interfere with your life. Schedule an evaluation with Dr. Mbakwe using the online booking feature or by calling the office today.

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