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Arthritis Pain Answers
Monday, May 5, 2014 - 12 Noon (Eastern Time)

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Bijal Jayakar, MD

  • Orthopaedic & Rheumatologic Institute
  • Department of Rheumatic and Immunologic Diseases
  • Cleveland Clinic

John Donohue, MD

  • Department Chair
  • Orthopaedic & Rheumatologic Institute
  • Department of Rheumatic and Immunologic Diseases
  • Cleveland Clinic Florida

Joint pain can be associated with more than 50 kinds of arthritis — but it also can be caused by conditions that are not arthritis at all. So when a joint aches, how do you know whether you have arthritis or something else? And if you have arthritis, how do you know which kind you have?

Getting the right diagnosis is critical. Treatment for joint pain differs widely, depending on the cause. The right di¬agnosis and early treatment can arrest joint damage and return you to your previous level of activity. The wrong treatment — or avoiding treatment — may mean joint deterioration, poor function and compromised mobility.
Arthritis literally means “joint inflammation” — redness and warmth within the joint. Because inflammation is painful, arthritis limits movement. The three most common types of arthritis are:
• Osteoarthritis
• Rheumatoid arthritis
• Gout
The causes, symptoms and risk factors for each of these forms of arthritis may differ. You may suffer from more than one type of arthritis — for example, gout and osteoarthritis.
Our expert will discuss the symptoms and treatments and explain how to better communicate with your doctor so together you can arrive at the right diagnosis and treatment sooner.

About the Speakers
Bijal Jayakar, MD, is a rheumatologist in the Orthopaedic & Rheumatologic Institute. She specializes in rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, psoriatic arthritis, osteoporosis, lupus, myositis. Dr. Jayakar graduated from Topiwala National Medical College and went on to Good Samaritan Hospital of Maryland for her residency in internal medicine. She completed her rheumatology fellowship at Cleveland Clinic.

John Donohue, MD, is a rheumatologist in the Orthopaedic & Rheumatologic Institute. He specializes in rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, lupus, spondylitis and connective tissue disorders. Dr. Donohue graduated from the Georgetown University School of Medicine and went on to complete his internal medicine internship and residency at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center. He completed his fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

To make an appointment with Bijal Jayakar, MD or any of the other specialists in our Department of Rheumatic and Immunologic Diseases at Cleveland Clinic, please call toll-free at 866.275.7496. You can also visit us online at clevelandclinic.org/rheum

To make an appointment with John Donohue, MD or any of the other specialists in our Department of Rheumatic and Immunologic Diseases at Cleveland Clinic Florida, please call toll-free at 877.463.2010. You can also visit us online at clevelandclinicflorida.org.

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