Arthritis and When to Make an Appointment With Your Doctor
Over 50 million Americans have arthritis, making it the number one cause of disability in the country. The first steps in conquering arthritis are learning the facts, understanding your condition and knowing that help is by your side. There are more than 100 different types of arthritis and related conditions. People of all ages, sexes and races can and do have arthritis. It is most common among women and occurs more frequently as people get older.
Common arthritis joint symptoms include swelling, pain, stiffness and decreased range of motion. Symptoms may come and go. They can be mild, moderate or severe. They may stay about the same for years, but may progress or get worse over time.
If you are having joint symptoms that cause concern, there are good reasons to see a doctor for an evaluation and diagnosis.
Watch for these potential signs and symptoms of arthritis:
• Pain, swelling, or stiffness in one or more joints
• Joints that are red or warm to the touch
• Joint tenderness or stiffness
• Difficulty moving a joint or doing daily activities
• Joint symptoms that cause you concern
Make an appointment with your doctor if you have any of the following:
• Joint symptoms that last three days or more
• Several episodes of joint symptoms within a month
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Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of death from cancer. Colorectal cancer affects all racial and ethnic groups and is most often found in people ages 50 and older.
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People over age 50 have the highest risk of colorectal cancer. You may also be at higher risk if you are African American, smoke, or have a family history of colorectal cancer.
Everyone can take these healthy steps to help prevent colorectal cancer:
Our office will be closed all day on Tuesday, 01/16/18 due to inclement weather. We apologize for any inconvenience and will contact scheduled patients to reschedule their appointments when we are back in the office. Please stay safe and try to avoid the roads tomorrow if possible.
**Update** Our office will be closed Tuesday, 01/16/18.**
Due to the potential for dangerous road conditions from inclement weather on Tuesday, January 16th our office has decided to follow the decision of Round Rock Independent School District (RRISD) for any delay or closure. At this time, RRISD has not yet announced their decision. Check your news channel for updates overnight and we will also post an update here and on Facebook once it has been announced.
If you have an appointment already scheduled for Tuesday, we will notify you by phone if it needs to be rescheduled.
Current delays and closure information for the Austin area is available here:
Our clinic will be open for regular business hours during the holidays with the following exceptions:
Saturday, 12/23/17: CLOSED
Christmas Day, Monday, 12/25/17: CLOSED
Saturday, 12/30/17: CLOSED
New Year's Day, Monday, 01/01/18: CLOSED
Our clinic will be closing early this Thursday, December 14th at 4:00 pm. We will be open again for our regular business hours on Friday, December 15th.