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Dr. Christopher S Pallia, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
230 Prospect Place; Suite 230
Coronado, CA
 

Dr. Christopher Pallia is an orthopedist. He attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center for residency. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Pallia include joint reconstruction, sports health, and orthopedic surgery. He is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Pallia speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Dr. Paul Joseph Girard, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
350 Dickinson Street; Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Paul Girard works as an orthopedist. He attended Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and subsequently trained at Maricopa Medical Center and Naval Medical Center San Diego for residency. Dr. Girard takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He is professionally affiliated with UC San Diego Medical Center, Hillcrest. He welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Sports Health, Hip Problems, Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, Fractures, Knee Problems, ... (Read more)

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What is Arthritis?

Arthritis is a painful disease of the joints. There are many different kinds of arthritis with various causes, but they all lead to pain and inflammation of joints such as the hip, knee, or wrist. Arthritis affects people of all ages, races, and genders, but it is more common in women and older people. It is the leading cause of disability in the United States.

Symptoms of arthritis include swelling, pain, and stiffness. They can occur in a single joint or throughout the body. It is common for symptoms to come and go, known as flares. In some kinds of arthritis, flares may be caused by specific triggers, such as exercise, stress, or an allergic reaction.

By far the two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis happens when wear and tear on joints breaks down the cartilage between two moving bones. In a healthy person, cartilage cushions and lubricates the bones so they can glide over each other as they move. When the cartilage becomes thin or tears, the ends of bones rub and cause pain. In rheumatoid arthritis, the body’s own immune system becomes confused and attacks joint cartilage, weakening it and causing inflammation.

Treatment for arthritis depends on the specific type, but it may include:
  • Avoiding arthritis triggers
  • Hot or cold therapy, such as ice or hot packs
  • Oral or injected medications, such as corticosteroids, NSAIDs, and biologics
  • Physical therapy and gentle exercises
  • Surgery to repair or replace damaged joints

In many types of arthritis, early treatment can prevent more serious damage to your joints, keeping your symptoms in check. Whatever stage you are in, help exists to let you stay active and manage pain. There are many options to get you moving again.
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